By Ajibola Abayomi,
May 23, 2018.
The power tussle over the chairmanship of Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Association of Nigerian License Customs Agents (ANLCA) is far from being over.
Whereas many thought the issue has been amicably resolved, but recent releases by warring camps on social media proved otherwise.
While a faction of the BoT pitched tenth with Chief Henry Njoku led ANLCA BOT which was asked to step down after nearly ten years, other threw their weight behind Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha was recently elected to replaced him.
The bone of contention now is that Chief Njoku has refused to step down, even after an election of the BOT was held and the votes was 5 against 3 in favour of Mustapha.
According to a statement from the 5 BOT members titled “RE: BOT CHAIRMANSHIP’ it reads
“Our attention has been drawn to the post by the NPS (Joe Sanni) on the above subject hence we would like to state as follows:
“We have always maintained that no single individual in or outside ANLCA has the magic key to unlock the door of peace in the Board outside the Board members themselves.
“We therefore see the post purportedly directed by the National President as either been made in error or a calculated attempt to make us join issues with the National President to the detriment of ANLCA’s image.
“As a mark of respect to the office of the National President and to demonstrate that we are open to conflict resolutions and peace, we granted the request of Hon Tony Iju to hold a meeting with all the Board members.
” A meeting was therefore held at the boardroom of Santiago Hotel, Amuwo Odofin where after an exhausting exchanges, the following resolutions were later concluded.
“After over nine years of tenure, Chief Henry Njoku would be regarded as outgoing Chairman within a transition period of three (3) months from the date election was held. For a smooth transition, Chief Henry Njoku would commence arrangements to hand over the leadership of the Board peacefully to Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha as the incoming Chairman.
“The election held on the 13th April 2018 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Amuwo Odofin shall remain valid and be respected by all Board members. Any other changes/adjustments of the offices as being canvassed would be left to the Board members to decide on after the incoming executives must have assumed office.
“No Victor, no Vanquished but a normal Board change of leadership is being hyped out of proportion. The BOT election has come and gone, it should be accepted and allowed to rest. Enough of this “masquerade”.
The statement was signed by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, Chief Dennis Okafor, Prince Taye Oyeniyi, Mr. Dayo Azeez and Chief Ernest Elochukwu.
On the other hand, the ANLCA, National Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Sanni had earlier issued this statement to contradict the BOT position. Sanni statement reads,
“BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMANSHIP: STATUS QUO TO BE MAINTAINED FOR NINETY DAYS”
He said a lot of misinformation was still being peddled and sustained in the public domain, despite the outcome of a meeting, at the instance of the National President of ANLCA- Iju Tony Nwabunike, with the BOT members on Thursday, 10th May 2018 in De Santiago Hotel, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
The statement in parts read thus: After confirming the unsuitability of the National Secretariat for the meeting, because of the ongoing renovation works there.
“The decision that came out of that meeting is that the status quo should be maintained for three months, after which period the BOT will meet to either uphold an earlier election, purportedly held on the 13th of April 2018 or conduct another all-inclusive one, for all the positions created by the Board, which was strictly for their administrative convenience only.
“Consequent upon that decision, Chief Henry Njoku remains the Chairman of the BOT for 90 days WEF 10th of May 2018 till 9th of August 2018.
“This clarification has become necessary because some of our members are deliberately causing disaffection amongst our membership by peddling wrong information about the BOT, thereby intentionally distracting the National Executive Committee (NECOM), ably led by Iju Tony Nwabunike, from finding its rhythm to take-off effectively.
The statement stated further that :”Perpetrators (they are not even BOT members) of these deliberately destabilizing acts, should kindly desist from it and allow peace to continue to reign in great ANLCA! great Professionals, please.”