By Kelechukwu Iruoma, James Ojo, Izukanne Dorathy & Gideon Arinze
Considering the relevance of student unionism to the growth of any academic institution, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has gone to the poll to elect new executive members of the Student Union Government of the institution. The election which was held at Ekpo Convocation Arena of the university trailed excitements, reactions and expectations over the conduct of the election which saw Orji Peter Ekene popularly known as Pedro, a 400-Level student of Veterinary Medicine emerge as the newly elected president of the union.
The results of the election which were announced at the Students Affairs Department by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka’s Electoral Commission (UNECO) saw Orji Peter Ekene emerged the President with a victory polling 1289 votes to defeat his closest rivals Ejike Celestine Amaechi, of Biochemistry who polled 966 votes, Nwancha Precious who had 951 votes and Eze Stanley with 805 votes.
In other elections conducted, Nebo Joy Chinaza emerged the Vice-President, Onah Chibuzo emerged the Secretary General, Ezea Sunday as Assistant Secretary General, Okeke Chibueze as Director of Transport. Also, Anyanwu Maximus emerged as Director of Information, Ugwu Orji Henry as Director of Socials, Chinonye Noble as Director of Welfare, among others.
Following the announcement of the results, some students who could not hide their feelings expressed their excitement, reactions to the conduct of the election. An electoral official who identified himself as George Ugwu asserted that the election went on a smooth ride as he had not observed any misconduct during the election.
According to Ugwu Chidi, “to a large extent, I would say it was a free and fair election.” Adding, “At least, those who had voted had their votes actually counted.”
He, however, decried the low turnout of students for the election and suggested that students need to be enlightened on the need to come out and vote their candidates into offices as it is very important for their welfare and well-being.
In an interview, the newly elected SUG President Orji Peter Ekene, reiterated his commitment to promote students’ welfare, adding that his administration is bent on improving the standard and living conditions of students. According to him, “I will come in with a lot of transportation agenda which entails improving the University’s transportation network.