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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) Elects New Leadership!


Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) Elects New Leadership!

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) elected new 
leadership during the just concluded 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) 
held in Athens, Greece on Saturday 12th November, 2016. The Election AGM 
had in attendance delegates from 14 countries Chapters across Europe.

The newly elected members of the Central Executive Council are:
1)    Hon. Kenneth GBANDI (Germany) – Chairman
2)    Engr. Cornelius OBOT (Netherlands) – Vice Chairman
3)    Engr. Abiodun OGUNSAKIN (UK North) – General Secretary
4)    Sir. Chibuzo UBOCHI (UK South) – Legal Adviser
5)    Engr. Adeyemi ADEMUYIWA (Germany) – Financial Officer
6)    Megan ADAOBI Clement (UK South) – IT Officer
7)    Dr. Camillus KONKWO (Austria) – Social, Welfare and Event Officer

The Election AGM was attended by Hon. Barrister Rita Orji, Chairperson, 
House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs and the co-host, 
His Excellency, CDA, Mr. Ogah Usman Ari, the Nigerian Ambassador to 
Greece. In their respective speeches, both were specifically and 
genuinely interested in assisting NIDOE to refocus on the original goals 
and objectives of pursuant to National Development for which it was 

During the course of the AGM, both dignitaries worked extensively with 
the NIDOE General Assembly to review and resolve all outstanding 
misunderstandings. At the end, all parties agree with the proposal by 
the dignitaries to join hands together to move the organisation forward. 
A member of the hitherto aggrieved party that were initially opposed to 
holding the election later moved the motion for the General House to 
proceed with the election; the motion was seconded and thereby carried 
by General House.

Both dignitaries remained in attendance from the beginning of the AGM 
till the end, participated as observers throughout the entire period of 
the election, and monitored the counting of votes. They both 
congratulated the newly elected Central Executive Council members, the 
entire NIDOE General House, and the Electoral Committee, for conducting 
such a free, fair and credible election. Hon. Barrister Rita Orji 
further charged the newly elected leadership to reach out to any 
remaining aggrieved members not present at the AGM to ensure that all 
hands are on deck in the new era of peacekeeping, unity and cooperation 
to jointly move the organisation forward for the development of our 
country Nigeria.
It was agreed by the General House and both dignitaries in attendance 
that the remaining positions that could not be occupied during the 
election shall be filled through co-option or possibly in a by election 
to be held at a later date.

The outgoing Chairman of NIDO Europe, Dr. George Manuwuike handed over 
the baton of leadership to the newly elected Chairman, Hon Kenneth 
Gbandi who in his acceptance speech, glorified the ex-Chairman, and also 
expressed his gratitude to his opponent Dr Bashir Obasekola, for all his 
services to NIDO Europe. He went further by expressing his gratitude to 
the entire NIDO Europe community for electing him to the position of 
Chairman, NIDOE Europe, and the Electoral committee for conducting a 
free and fair election. He concluded by appreciating the effort of both 
dignitaries present and promised to work very hard with the rest of his 
Central Executives Council to move the organisation forward.

While congratulatory and goodwill messages has continued to pour in for 
the new NIDOE Central Executive Council from notable individuals and 
organisations across the globe, the new NIDOE Central Executive Council 
hereby expresses sincere appreciations to the following facilitators;
-    Hon. Barrister Rita Orji, Chairperson, House of Representatives 
Committee on Diaspora Affairs.
-    His Excellency, CDA, Mr. Ogah Usman Ari, the Nigerian Ambassador to 
-    Ambassador Sotiris Mousouris, President, Hellenic-African Chamber of 
-    The NIDOE AGM Committee, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Camillus 
-    The Host Chapter – NIDOE Greece, under the Chairmanship of Dr Emmanuel 
-    Immediate past NIDOE BoT, under the Chairmanship of Dr. George 
-    The NIDOE 2016 Electoral Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief 
Andrew Iduh.
-    All aggrieved NIDOE members who constructively supported the entire 
program of the AGM, including the adoption of the minutes, the 
ratification of the new MEMART, and the conduction of the election 
interest of peace, reconciliation and progress of the entire NIDOE 

The Athens election AGM is an unprecedented success in the history of 
the organisation, given the number of individuals and chapters that were 
present, presented candidates for the election, and elected new Central 
Executive Council members unopposed. The new leadership has placed high 
priority on the reconciliation of all stakeholders to ensure that all 
hands are on deck, to deliver both on its promise to the members and its 
commitment to the Nigerian national development.


          Abiodun Ogunsakin                                   Kenneth Gbandi
    Secretary General – NIDO Europe                              Chairman 
– NIDO Europe

For and on behalf of NIDO Europe


Engr. Abiodun Ogunsakin (Abey)

General Secretary

NIDO Europe Central Executive Council
Nigeria: +234(0)8102441400

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