The newly elected president, Sir Polycarp S.O Aguolu (standing 3rd from left), gives his acceptance speech. He is flanked on his left by the secretary, Christopher Okechukwu; the treasurer, Mrs. Patricia Adigom and the vice president, Mrs. Kate Atuili. Sitting second from the left is the financial secretary, Mr. Norbert Chiama and other executive members.
The newly elected president of Catholic Laity Council of Agulu Deanery, Sir Polycarp S.O. Aguolu, KSM has called on the laity and entire faithful of Agulu Deanery to pray for as well as support him and his team of executive in the mission of building a better Agulu Deanery Laity Council. Aguolu stated this in his acceptance speech after he was elected alongside ten members of executive, to pilot the affairs of Agulu Deanery Laity Council for the next three years, at the deanery headquarters, Madonna Assumpta Catholic Church, Agulu on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The new deanery president, who immediately he assumed office called on the laity to stretch out their hands and pray for the new executive to enable them do better, noted that continuous prayer and support of the entire faithful were paramount for the success of his led administration. Sir Agulu pledged his availability and his readiness to carry his executive members and the entire lay association of the Church together in the Laity Council of Agulu Deanery, which is the umbrella body for all lay organisation. He tasked all on active participation in all activities of the Laity Council of Agulu Deanery at all levels, saying that those found wanting would face the penalty. The new president, Sir Polycarp Aguolu, who is a retired school administrator and currently a proprietor of a school in Amaokpala thanked the diocesan electoral officers led by the Director of Social I, Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD), Ifeoma Ezenyilimba for the well conducted free and fair election. Other electoral officers were the administrative secretary of CLCNAD, Sir Felix Anona and the secretary of C.M.O, Awka Diocese, Hon. Joseph Igwebuike. The Chaplain of Agulu Deanery Laity Council, Rev Fr Hyacinth Nwankwo congratulated the new executive members on their successful election. Earlier during the election that had 33 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 2 each from nine out of the ten parishes of the deanery in participation, Sir Polycarp Aguolu, a C.M.O member won the post of the president with 17 votes. He defeated Mr. Norbert Chiama, a C.M.O member from the same St Mary's Eucharistic Parish, Nri, who polled 16 votes. Christopher Okechukwu, a CYON member from St Patrick's Parish, Agulu won the post of the secretary with the entire 33 votes of the Electoral College. This was even as Mrs. Patricia Ngozi Adigom, a C.W.O member from Madonna Assumpta Catholic Parish, Agulu was elected the treasurer with 32 valid votes. Mr. Norbert Chiama of St Mary's Eucharistic Parish, Nri re-contested, and won the post of the financial secretary with 21 votes, leaving behind, Valentine Chukwunonso Okoye of Madonna Assumpta Parish, Agulu, who got 21 votes. Others elected were Mrs. Kate Ifeoma Atuili of St Patrick's Catholic Parish, Agulu, vice president with 33 votes and Emmanuel Mmaduabuchi Okoye of St Peter's Parish, Nri, Public Relations Officer (PRO) with 32 valid votes. Chidubem James Okeke of St Joseph's Catholic Parish, Nri won the post of the assistant secretary with 26 votes. He defeated Gloria-Mary Nduebuna of St Theresa's Parish, Agulu, who clinched 7 votes only. They also included Ikechukwu Paschal Onwudinjo of St Joseph's Catholic Parish, Nri, Director of Social (DOS) I with 20 valid votes; Chukwuma Uduh of Holy Family Parish, Agulu, Director of Social (DOS) II with 12 votes; Okechukwu Okoye of Madonna Assumpta Parish, Agulu, Provost I with 28 valid votes and Chukwuma Okafor of St Matthias' Catholic Parish, Agulu, Provost II with 32 valid votes. St John's Parish, Agulu was not represented in the Electoral College because of debt and unwillingness to tender a letter of undertaking.