AT exactly 11.08pm today January 27, 2017, Comrade Ahmadu Ilitrus emerged the national President of the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) after pulling 61 votes to beat his closest rival, comrade Chukwu Emmanuel.
According to reports available to nigerianflightdeck.com, accreditation for the Delegates Conference held at Ijebu-Ode started around 9pm and ended about 9.19pm; there were 99 delegates but valid votes cast were 97 and the contest which lasted barely 20 minutes as votes commenced at 10.30pm and ended at 10.50pm.
The returning officer, one Mrs. Joyce Damachi who represented the Registrar of the Trade Union, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja declared the winner at 11.08 and the executives were subsequently sworn in by Barrister Lawal Musa, the Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at 11.17pm.
Earlier before the national presidential elections, Mrs Sarah Rindans and Mr. Emmanuel Jaja were both returned unopposed as National Deputy Presidents while Comrades Akingbokun Oludayisi and Olanipekun Olairan were both returned as Vice presidents.
Onoja Pius was returned as Financial secretary while Kenneth Obiakor was elected National treasurer and Oge Okpanya emerged as National Women leader, Augustine Ohaka and Hilda Benedict Anyasi clinched the auditor positions.
After taking his oath of office, Comrade illitrus the new ATSSSAN President in his acceptance speech called for togetherness and innovative ways of moving the union forward.
“ I feel humble and honoured to carry your pains , joys and troubles. We must work together, we must be innovative and provide viable alternatives to government on the way forward. We must sit up to our responsibility and ensure we move ATSSAN to greater heights. I am carrying everyone along in this administration.”
Earlier while reeling out his manifesto, Ilitrus affirmed a strong opposition to the idea of concessioning the nation’s airports and highlighted a keen interest to improve the welfare of members.