ByÂ Eric Ugbor
ABAâ€”Abia State branch of Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, has elected new officers,Â which finally resolved the crises that had rocked association in the state.
Chief Azubike Asuzu retained his seat as chairman in a harmonized electionÂ through consensus, while formerÂ factional leader, Chief Simon Nwokeukwu was elected the vice chairman. The other 24 elective positions were harmonized based on the strength of the two factional groups.
Speaking, before the commencement of the exercise which drew many members of the association, the chairman of the electoral committee, Bishop Lawyer Edema, regretted that Abia branch of RTEAN had been bedeviled by crises, which the national body frowned at, which was why he was drafted to restore the peace in the state.
Edema who is the General Overseer of a Pentecostal Church in Lagos and Deputy President Logistics and Planning, RTEAN, said peace was the bed rock for unity and development, pointing out that without peace, no organisation or nation would progress.
He promised that what would come out of the exercise would serve asÂ a reference point for the 2011 general elections in the country.
He commended the leadership of REAN in Abia for accepting to embrace peace and noted that what they had lost during the long period of crises would soon be regained and urged membersÂ to close ranks.
While the chairman and his deputy, two former gladiators embraced each other to herald the return of peace, they promised to work together for the overall interest of the association.
Chief Chidiebere Ogaraku, chairman of Aba Township Bus Drives Association thanked God for making it possible for peace to return to Abia RTEAN and commended the bold initiative taken by the national body and urged all to support the new leadership.
The election was witnessed by a delegation of national body of RTEAN including Alhaji Lahan Yusuf, the National Principal Organising Secretary of RTEAN, among others.