Newspapers Distributors Association in Calabar, Cross River state, has elected George Etim Orok as its President and four others to pilot the affairs of the group for the next four years.
The election, which was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere at the weekend, also saw Elder John Ima becoming the Association’s Secretary, Eric Emmanuel Wilfred, Treasurer, Roseline Kalu Udi, Financial Secretary and Effiong Samson Urua elected Welfare Officer respectively.
Speaking shortly after swearing-in the Excoa , Barr Emmanule Ndiok commended the body for peaceful polls, saying the fact that there was no pending litigations proves that the Association was peopled by men of outstanding qualities and integrity.
Barr Ndiok called on the new Exco to bring together any aggrieved member of the group to make the Association stronger but charged members to give the Orok-led Exco their full support and cooperation.
In his inaugural speech, the new President said the group had remained for 40 years without a duly elected substantive President, and commended members for taking the bull by the horns to ensure the feat.
Orok appealed to nay member who may have been aggrieved in the course of the elections to come back home, saying his administration would ensure discipline, fairness and accountability.
In his brief sermon before the swearing-in, Pastor Sylvanus Eja admonished the new Exco not to respect people’s faces but to ensure fairness and justice. He warned against factionalization and prayed for togetherness for the association to move forward.
High point of the event was the swearing-in of the Exco as well as good will messages from the Chairman of the electoral body, Pastor Austin Oto, Sales Representatives, Vendors amongst others.