UNIBEN First SUG President Lauretta Obakpolor Celebrates

University Of Benin UNIBEN
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History was made at the University of Benin » ,
Edo state when a student, Lauretta Obakpolor
was elected the first ever female president of
the Students’ Union Government (SUG).
A 500-level student of the school, Ezekiel
Efeobhokhan reported that Obakpolor, a 400-
Level Pharmacy student beat five other
candidates with 2,283 votes to win the coveted
TheNation reported that excited shouts of her
name rented the air as soon as she was
declared winner by the electoral committee. Her
supporters moved round the campus singing
victory songs.
She was also reportedly not encouraged from
the very start, but as soon as she unveiled her
programme on Manifesto Day, she was greeted
with applause. The same could not be said for
other candidates.
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Emeka Onyeji, a final year student of Economics
and Statistics, said: “ When I heard Lauretta speak
for the first time at the manifesto, I knew there was
more to the aspiration of this lady than just being a
candidate. Immediately she mounted the podium,
every word from her wowed the audience. We
believed she has good plans for the union. This is
why we all voted for her. ”
The other candidates Obakpolor had to compete
with were Victor Arigbe of the Faculty of
Education; Nelson Ehrauyi (Faculty of
Engineering), Efosa Iyekekpolor (Faculty of
Education), Godstime Oghogho (College of
Medicine) and Leslie Oghama (Faculty of Social
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Faraday Orumwense
spoke to the students during the elections.
He said, “ I congratulate you on your election, but
you must know leadership comes with
responsibility. In the period of grievances, I will
advise you to seek all known channels of dialogue
and peaceful resolution. In every decision you take,
endeavour to carry your colleagues along.”
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Obakpolor, in her acceptance speech, said “ To all
those who are sceptical about a female being a
president, I say we have crossed the Rubicon.
Those people need to read the Bible and learn
about the story of Deborah. This is another
Deborah standing in front of you today. I bear the
plight of a woman and understand the pains of a
man. Leadership is not about gender. I seek the
support of all as we take the union to another
level. ”
The outgone president, Raymond Omorogbe,
congratulated his successor, urging the union to
sustain peace on the campus.

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