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From Disqualification To Victory: Onojaife Makes History At SOSSA Election

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By Onaroghene Omoyibo & Stephanie Igbriwi

Comr. Samuel Onojaife, a-200 level student of Mass Communication at Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) has been declared President-elect of the Social Sciences Students’ Association (SOSSA).

At the end of a keenly contested election, Chairman of the 2023 SOSSA Electoral Committee, Mr Ese Umukoro declared that Onojaife polled an impressive total of 461 votes to defeat his contender, Comr. Emmanuel Olotu, a-300 level student of Economics at DELSU.

With his victory, Onojaife has clinged the double honour of being the first 200 level student to ever contest for the most coveted office in the faculty students’ union and the first ever to win it.

“My aspiration was a product of hope, and with my victory, I want to assure you that this hope has come to stay in SOSSA”, declared an elated Onojaife in his brief victory speech.

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In retrospect, the President-elect was earlier disqualified from contesting for the office after the Electoral Committee ruled that his Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was below the required minimum.

Onojaife had presented a CGPA of 3.45, contrary to the minimum 3.50 that the committee had requested, leading to his disqualification and subsequent presentation of Olotu as unopposed for the office of SOSSA President.

However, the President-elect wrote an appeal letter to the institution’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Maxwell Iwegbue, praying him to upturn his disqualification and reinstate his candidacy.

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According to the letter sighted by DELSU Echo, Onojaife pointed out that the SOSSA constitution specifies a minimum CGPA of 2.50 for all of its offices, hence he should not have been disqualified.

The President-elect’s appeal was upheld by the Dean of Students’ Affairs and his name was subsequently included on the ballot, leading to the rescheduling of the election for Thursday as against Wednesday, August 16.

With his victory, Onojaife becomes the third student of Mass Communication ever elected to the office of the SOSSA President which was previously held by Comr. Joshua Erubami in 2015 and Comr. Martins Isaac in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Committee also declared Comr. Ejiro Edoja as the SOSSA Vice President-elect after polling 424 votes to defeat Comr. Favour Ovwodorume who polled 370 votes.

Similarly, Comr. Success Ephraim emerged the Secretary General-elect with 399 votes against Comr. Orevaoghene Emmanuel who scored 379 votes.

The star contender in the election was Comr. Oghenemarho Ebireri who scored the highest votes of 469 to clinch the office of the Financial Secretary against Chinonye Momah who polled 320 votes.

Comr. Ogheneakporhobo Umukoro also emerged the Director of Sports-elect with 445 votes, after defeating Comr. Ekene Madueke who garnered 332 votes.

Furthermore, some leaders-elect of the association were declared unopposed by the electoral Committee.

They were Comr. Ozioma Nwakalor (Director of Welfare), Comr. Jennifer Nwaiukwu (Director of Socials), Comr. Augusta Mogekwu (Director of Information) and Comr. Vera Uwanta (Chief Librarian).

Commenting on the electoral process earlier, outgoing President of SOSSA, Comr. Victor Chukwuedo commended the students for turning out en masse to exercise their franchise.

“This seems to be the largest since my stay on campus”, Chukwuedo told DELSU Echo.

“The handling of the process by the electoral committee and the involvement of students are all impressive.

“I think we have made significant progress in terms of credibility and organisation”.

Also commenting on the process, the Senator representing Faculty of the Social Sciences at the Students’ Union Government (SUG) level, Comr. Ebuka Onyeuba described the process as “fair, stunning and very credible”.

121 Comments

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  1. Ajodo Florence Adaeze

    17/08/2023 at 9:35 pm

    This is so satisfying and amazing 🤩

    • Michael oghenefega praise

      18/08/2023 at 6:18 pm

      Well is really nice that he won, is amazing kudos

  2. Pearl

    17/08/2023 at 9:35 pm

    Congratulations to all elected 🙌🙌😎

    • Excel

      17/08/2023 at 9:39 pm

      Am really so glad he could actually stood his grou d and he made it. Congrats

      • Happy Fred

        17/08/2023 at 10:46 pm

        Congratulations to the newly elected leaders.

    • Obenefiro SUCCESS

      18/08/2023 at 9:06 am

      Great AMASCOS Great SOSSA

      Congratulations 🎉

  3. Ezeh Jennifer

    17/08/2023 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations 🎉🎉

  4. Eboh, Paul Ovwiaroghene

    17/08/2023 at 9:42 pm

    Congratulations to the President Elect and other SOSSA Executives elected today.

  5. Oluwatosin Blackie

    17/08/2023 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, we remain undefeated, after emerging winners in the pageantry, we went ahead to secure a place at the top.
    GREAT AMASCOS
    Cheers to more wins

  6. Precious Lawrence

    17/08/2023 at 9:46 pm

    I’m so happy how God Did🥰🥰
    Congratulations 🎉 once again 🥰

    • Victoria Chukwuji

      17/08/2023 at 10:20 pm

      Congratulations Samuel,faith, Miriam, and other elected 🥳

  7. Esther Emotimi

    17/08/2023 at 9:51 pm

    Congratulations to everyone that came out victorious. And a special congratulations to my 001,our president elect . Mr Samuel onojaife

  8. Queen

    17/08/2023 at 9:52 pm

    Hope has come to stay, congratulations.

  9. Kingsley Tessy

    17/08/2023 at 9:54 pm

    Congratulations once again Samuel

  10. Okwuokei ijeoma

    17/08/2023 at 10:04 pm

    Congratulations president Samuel 🎉

  11. Agetue Maryann Nwakaego

    17/08/2023 at 10:06 pm

    Big congrats to you 👏👏

  12. Esther Emegwali

    17/08/2023 at 10:29 pm

    Congratulations to all those who won
    And may we continue to deliver more capacities both in the faculty and sug level
    Mass comm to the world

  13. Chukwu Victoria

    17/08/2023 at 10:36 pm

    Amazing 😍

  14. Joy

    17/08/2023 at 10:38 pm

    Congratulations to the winners 💖🍾

  15. Bethel Agbamuche(Peacemaker)

    17/08/2023 at 10:40 pm

    Clap hand for Jesus.
    HE(Jesus) made this to happen.
    Congratulations to Mr. Sam nd other elected executive, may your regime bring us Hope

  16. Enuma Winner Chika

    17/08/2023 at 11:31 pm

    By no means a small feat

  17. Cynthia iwealor

    18/08/2023 at 5:55 am

    Big congrats to the winners 👏

    • Amayo

      18/08/2023 at 8:26 am

      Congratulations to all the winners 🥰 🥂🎉🎉

  18. Joseph Blessing

    18/08/2023 at 6:08 am

    Congratulations to all winners 👏

  19. Mirabelle Michael

    18/08/2023 at 6:17 am

    Congratulations to Sam and all the other elected officials 🎉🥳

  20. Iriogbe hannah

    18/08/2023 at 6:17 am

    Congratulations to the winners🎊🎉

  21. Ozegbe winnifred ijeoma

    18/08/2023 at 6:33 am

    Words can’t express the joy in my heart as we took the major position of the SOSSA President…… congratulations 🎉🍾🎊 to the newly elected leaders, the president and others

    • Patricia

      18/08/2023 at 7:49 am

      Wow
      Like an inspiration
      Regardless of being disqualified he never gave up
      He never felt overwhelmed and he came out victorious congrats to the new 001 of FSS

  22. Dorothea Odokuma

    18/08/2023 at 8:19 am

    A very big congratulations to Comr. Samuel
    Every smart move I must say to avert the disqualification
    Faculty of social sciences is really blessed and lucky to have Samuel as their president

  23. Vera

    18/08/2023 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations samuel

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    18/08/2023 at 9:04 am

    This is one of the best news I’ve read so far!!!
    Congratulations Samuel

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