The newly re-elected President of Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery Laity Council, Lady Augustina Mmuo, LSJI (standing), gives her acceptance speech. She is flanked on her right by the secretary, Philip Chike Ibik; the assistant sec, Mrs. Louisa Chinwe Ekesi; the financial sec, Mrs. Elizabeth Uzoamaka Okafor; the DOS I, Chiamaka Francisca Ajaegbu and the DOS II, Mrs. Theresa Ngozi Okoye, and on her left by the vice president, Mrs. Chinweokwu Stella Obiesili; the PRO, Donatus Chinazaekpere Mokebe and the treasurer, Mr. Christian Chukwuemeka Alor. The provost I, Okwudili Nnatuanya is standing behind the president.
The Laity Council of Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery has re-elected the immediate past deanery president, and a C.W.O member, Lady Augustina Mmuo, LSJI of St Francis' Catholic Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu for a second term of three years with 25 votes out of the 27 members of the Electoral College.
In the election which was held at the deanery headquarter, St Anthony's Catholic Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka L.G.A of Anambra State on Monday, June 26, 2017, Lady Mmuo was elected with other 10 members of his executive to serve the Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery Laity Council for the next three years.
The free, fair and keenly contested election which was conducted by a team of electoral officers from Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD), had 27 members of Electoral College who were selected five each from the Catholic Men's Organisation (C.M.O), Catholic Women's Organisation (C.W.O) and Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (C.Y.O.N) of the deanery as well as two persons each from the six parishes that made up the deanery as participants.
Philip Chike Ibik, a C.Y.O.N member of St Anthony's Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu was elected the secretary with 25 votes while Mr. Christian Chukwuemeka Alor, a C.M.O member of St Anthony's Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu was elected the treasurer with 26 votes.
Mrs. Elizabeth Uzoamaka Okafor of St Theresa's Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu polled 16 votes to emerge as the financial secretary. She defeated Mrs. Louisa Chinwe Ekesi of St John's Parish, Enugwu-Agidi, who got 11 votes. This was even as Mrs. Chinweokwu Stella Obiesili of St Anthony of Padua Parish, Nawfia polled the entire 27 votes of the Electoral College to emerge the vice president.
Others elected were Mrs. Louisa Chinwe Ekesi of St John's Parish, Enugwu-Agidi, assistant secretary with 25 votes; Donatus Chinazaekpere Mokebe of the same St John's Parish, Enugwu-Agidi, Public Relations Officer (PRO) with 26 votes and Chiamaka Francisca Ajaegbu of St Francis' Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Director of Social I with 16 votes.
They also included Mrs. Theresa Ngozi Okoye of St Theresa's Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Director of Social II with 11 votes; Okwudili Nnatuanya of St Anthony of Padua Parish, Nawfia, Provost I with 17 votes and Philipina Iloeje of St Francis' Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Provost II with 9 votes.
St Benedict's Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu refused to contest for any position.
Speaking on the occasion, the DOS I of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD), Ifeoma Ezenyilimba, tasked the lay faithful on active participation to all Laity Council activities at all levels, and by so doing be part of the formidable Laity Council which the Comrade Emma Ezeokafor led current executive of Awka Diocesan Laity Council is building for the Church and the society.
In her acceptance speech, the re-elected president of Catholic Laity Council of Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery, Lady Augustina Ngozi Mmuo, thanked the laity of the deanery for the confidence they reposed on her which they demonstrated through her re-election.
She pledged her readiness to use her office and work for the growth of Enugwu-Ukwu Deanery Laity Council in particular and the entire deanery in general. This was even as she solicited for prayers and support from the entire faithful of the deanery and beyond to make the dream achievable.
Lady Mmuo commended the executive members she worked with in her first tenure and their entire laity of the deanery for their support and cooperation. She appreciated the Director of Social I of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese, Ifeoma Ezenyilimba and the Administrative Secretary, Sir Felix Anona for the well conducted election which produced the new executive.