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Election stoppage: We ‘ll obey court order – Ogodo

By Godwin Oghre

Sapele — Following a recent Delta State High Court sitting in Sapele ruling, restraining the interim executive committee of Sapele Okpe Community from conducting an election into the executive offices of the community, the chairman of the interim executive committee of the community, Mr. Moses Ogodo, has assured the people that his committee will respect the ruling and will not conduct the said election, until the matter was concluded.

The interim chairman, who sued for calm, urged the people of the community to be law abiding and go about their daily duties, saying that his interim government was fully on ground to maintain the existing peace, which the community had always enjoyed and for which it had received several peace awards from different multinational oil companies.

Ogodo told Vanguard, yesterday, that his interim administration, which he said had been widely applauded for good performance by government, investors and an oil company operating in the area, was not in a hurry to conduct a fresh election into the executive offices of the community in deviance to the court’s ruling but will wait for the outcome of ongoing legal tussle challenging the election.

It will be recalled that following a meeting of Sapele Okpe Community Land Trust Association, chaired by Chartered Accountant, Chief David Dafinone, on February 11, 2012, a public notice by the community lawyer, Mr Festus Pemu, was issued to the effect that “the election to elect officers into the Sapele Okpe Community will be held on March 3, 2012, in accordance with sections 15 and 16 of the constitution of the Sapele Okpe Community, Sapele.”

The notice had said that all eligible candidates were to file their nomination on or before February 25, 2012.”

The said meeting was held three months after the dissolution of the past executive committee, headed by Mr. Michael Igbejule, on allegation of gross financial recklessness and administrative misconducts.

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