By Raheem Ibrahim, Ilorin
The newly-elected National President and other members of the National Executive Council of the umbrella socio-cultiral organisation of the people of Ilorin Emirate, the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) have been inaugurated.
Performing the swearing-in ceremony at the Union’s National Secretariat on Saturday, 28 December, 2019, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Provost, College of Law, Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Abiodun Amuda-Kannike charged the newly-elected leaders of the Union to work for the progress and development of Ilorin Emirate.
In a statement issued by the union’s National Pubilicity Secretary, Abubakar Imam, Prof. Amuda Kannike advised them to always be guided by the constitution of the Union in all their activities.
After the ceremony at which all the new executive members took their oath of office, the new National President of the Union, Alhaji Otta Aliyu Usman, thanked members, particularly delegates to the 54th National Conference of the Union for finding him and his colleagues worthy of being elected to serve the Union for the next two years.
He assured them that they would work assiduously towards improving the image and financial base of the Union so that she can regain her respectability among stakeholders and the much-needed financial independence.
Alhaji Usman said that he and other members of the Executive of the Union are not in office for what they would gain but for the services they would offer towards the progress and development of the Union and the Ilorin Emirate community at large.
Alhaji Usman, who is a retired Director of the Department of State Services, appealed to members to forget and forgive whatever misgivings they may have about or against one another.
He declared that the electioneering processes had come and gone and that members from far and near should continue to see one another as brothers, saying that without peace and unity, there would be no progress and development.
He hinted of the possibility of constitutional amendment to ensure that the body of rules and regulations with which the Union would be operated respond to contemporary development and challenges.
Alhaji Usman also thanked his immediate predecessor and former Ag.National President of the Union, Alhaji Y.O.Ahmed and his team for all they achieved during their tenure.
He urged them to ensure that the financial records of the Union were put in proper shape so that he and his team would know what and what are needed to be done financial wise.
He also paid glowing tributes to all the founding fathers of the Union for their foresight.
He was particularly grateful to all the past National Presidents and those who worked with them for their stimulating sacrifices and contributions, which made the Union what she is today.
Speaking earlier, a member of the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, Alhaji Yinusa Kobebije, formally declared winners of each of the contested positions as each of the newly-elected official stood-up for recognition to the applause of members who graced the ceremony.
He however called for a critical review of mode of preparation for election,saying that it was obvious that no clear material preparations for an hitchfree election was made before the conference.
In his own remarks, the former National President of the Union, Alhaji Y. O. Ahmed, thanked members for the privilege he was given to serve the Union and the community in the last one year.
He enjoined them to cooperate fully with the new National President and his team so that they can keep the flag of the Union flying.
The event, which could not hold at the venue of the election due to the fact that the processes were completed late, was witnessed by members of the Union from far and near and some friends and relations of the new President and other elected officials.