The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA) has successfully elected new executives as Mr. Segun Ochuko Obayendo has emerged President in the recent election which held virtually.
Obayendo defeated Dr. Adegboyega Dosunmu, a former Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) with a total of 408 votes as against 142 votes.
In his ‘thank you’ speech, the newly elected President said; “Just few minutes ago, the election result was announced and I was declared the winner. This marks the end of political differences with my opponents. Each camp has experienced its highs and lows and I understand how they feel, having experienced both at different times of my life. However, I am glad that it is over as I know we all would work together to build the CIOTA of our dreams.”
“When I started this campaign, I had a clear agenda in mind- to create a competitive campaign, that showcases the beauty of this institution. An institution that is populated with professionals from different sectors, itching to contribute to the development of the nation, through the institute.”
“I will be the first to admit that the campaign was fraught with many challenges. Truthfully, when I took the first step, I didn’t see the staircase. Each hurdle was a stone thrown at my faith, at the faith of those who believed in my candidacy and at the faith of the team that worked tirelessly to bring this dream to reality. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate everyone who stood by me in this journey. My campaign team, my professional colleagues, my co-contestants in my team (the broadest and most diverse) and everyone who has had to take time out of their busy schedule to ensure we didn’t lose faith.”
“Yes, we kept the faith and here we are, rewarded with this victory and in the history of this institution, we have been given the highest votes ever to a presidential candidate. For me, it represents a great privilege to be trusted with the highest office of this institute.”
He expressed delight and excitement to work with the wonderful team, adding “We are set to make indepth analysis in the problem, policy and politics stream in articulating the unique,”the newly elected president affirmed.”
Results of other contested positions in the CIOTA elections are: Umar Iya won the deputy President slot with 347 votes against 169 votes for Lami Tumaka Hadiza and 32 votes for Ogwara Emeka.
For National Secretary, Okoronkwo Philips won with 381 votes against Ogbuji Chinda Evans 161 votes, while Uwaegbute Chinwe won the post of National Publicity Secretary with 351 votes against Anyika Chizoba’s 199 votes.
Other positions were: Uki Mfom Felicia winning the post of National Financial Secretary with 378 against 159 votes for Captain Green Elei Igbogi while Jimba Adeshina Ganiyu won the post National Treasurer with 401 votes against Ijeaku Celestina’s 130 votes.
Bashir Adewale Abdullahi won the post of National Provost position of CIOTA with 382 votes against Ibiama Kenneth 153 votes.
The auditor’s position was won by Muktar Aminu’s 407 against Falaye Stella’s 85 votes and Agbor Manya Emmanuel’s 43 votes.