AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
Ifeanyi Abamum, Delta state chairman of the National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), has pleaded with members of the association to vote for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the executive governor of the state in the March 9, 2019 elections.
Abanum, who has been returned opposed as the association’s state chairman for second term, explained that Governor Okowa made life good for NATA members and provided a bus for them, coupled with the giant mechanic village the governor is currently building for the mechanics, along the Benin/Asaba expressway in the state capital.
Abanum spoke when he presented certificates to the newly sworn in executive members at the mechanic village in Asaba at the weekend.
He told members of the association that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the party of the association, hence all members should vote for the governor and ensure he is delivered at the polls in all the local government areas on March 9, 2019.
He said the executive members he presented certificates to were those that contested and won the election that held on January 29, 2019, following the expiration of the previous executive that was inaugurated in 2015.
Abanum said the outgone executives were inaugurated in 2015 prior to Governor Okowa’s swearing on May 29, 2015. The expiration of that executive led to the election of a new one for the next four years. In the early, he emerged unopposed.
Among the executive members sworn in by the chairman were the Vice Chairman, Austine Akatugba; General Secretary, Ejowoke Enaworo; public relations officer 1, Chief Suday opute; Auditor, Provost marshal, treasurer, financial secretary, organising secretary and public relations 11, John Tiger.
Abanum said the certificates would have been presented on February 12 but for the protest against some executives by some members who felt aggrieved over some issues, the inauguration was postponed following a directive from the national headquarters of NATA.
Augustine Akatugba, NATA vice chairman who is from Warri South, explained that the aggrieved members refused to buy form but when others had bought forms and won election, they came up with allegations and petitions alleging that some of the executive members are not qualified to be in the state executive.
He said: “We sent forms to all local governments for two months and two weeks. Some members bought, others did not buy. After winning election, some groups in Warri south said I’m not fit to lead them in the local branch. But they refused to buy forms to vote me out if I’m not fit to lead them.”
General Secretary of the association, Ejewoke Enaworo, said people against him are from Sapele and Uvwie area of the association, alleging that they are not executive members but past exco members and some members from those areas.
Like Akatugba, he said while they were buying form and conducting elections nobody raised eyebrows against him.