The newly elected president of Catholic Laity Council of Ekwulobia Deanery, Mr. Fidelis Ezeokoli (1st from right) with some members of his executive. Extreme left is the vice president, Mr. Benjamin Ajogu.
The newly elected president of Catholic Laity Council of Ekwulobia Deanery, Mr. Fidelis Ezeokoli has promised an active leadership as well as his readiness to carry all members along for active participation in all laity activities.
Ezeokoli, who stated this in a chat with the press during the 2017 Annual Interactive Session of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD) at Ekwulobia recently, said his administration would create avenues that would spur the laity to uphold the Catholic faith and remaine steadfast in defense of their faith.
He identified setting up of a functional laity office and a business center that would serve as a revenue generating avenue for the Council as some of his proposed projects for Catholic Laity Council of Ekwulobia Deanery.
Mr. Fidelis Ezeokoli, who hails from St Peter's Catholic Parish, Aguluezechukwu and his new team of executive were elected on June 15, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Ula-Ekwulobia, Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State.
In the election that had 39 members of the Electoral College, who were selected 5 persons each from the Deanery Catholic Men's Organisation (C.M.O), Catholic Women's Organisation (C.W.O) and Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (C.Y.O.N) as well as 3 each from the 8 parishes of the deanery as participants, Ezeokoli of the C.M.O won with 26 votes. He defeated Enuma Ezeiloka of St Mary's Parish, Ekwulobia, who polled 13 votes.
Others elected were Mr. Benjamin Ajogu of St Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ekwulobia, vice president with 39 votes; Fidelis Onyemaobi of St Anthony's Parish, Okpo-Ekwulobia, secretary with 39 votes, Mrs. Faustina Onebunne of the C.W.O fromImmaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Ula-Ekwulobia, treasurer with 39 votes and Juliet Kenechukwu Ike of St Mary's Parish, Amaokpala, assistant secretary with 39 votes.
Chinwe Ezeanyinor of St Mary's Parish, Ekwulobia won the post of the financial secretary with 23 votes. She defeated Paschal Enekwulu of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Ula-Ekwulobia, who got 15 votes.
Emmanuel Muogbo of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Ula-Ekwulobia emerged the Public Relations Officer (PRO) with 22 votes. He defeated Gabriel Ikenna Nwankwo of St Peter's Parish, Aguluezechukwu, who polled 17 votes.
This was even as Kenechukwu Anyaene of St Andrew's Parish, Amaokpala won the post of Director of Social (DOS) I with 19 votes, leaving Calista Sunday of St Mary's Parish, Aguluezechukwu as the DOS II with 16 votes.
Kennedy John Okeke of St Peter's Parish, Aguluezechukwu emerged the Provost I with 15 votes while Paschal Nwankwor won that of Provost II with 12 votes.
The election which was conducted in presence of the chaplain of Catholic Laity Council of Ekwulobia Deanery, Rev Fr Victor Emeka Igwegbe, had the Provost I of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria Awka Diocese (CLCNAD), Comrade Bola Chibuzo Nwezeakor and the President of Catholic Laity Council of Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery, Lady Augustina Mmuo as electoral officers.