Â By Patience Saghana
Industrial and General Insuranceâ€™s Executive ViceÂ Chairman, Mr Remi Olowude and Mr Olorunnimbe Oviosu, managing director of Crusader General Insurance slogged it out at the 39th Annual general meeting of the association in Lagos over manning the seat of the NIA Deputy Chairman just as Olowudeâ€™s second attempts was thwarted by number of votes.
Insurance chieftains who meet the requirement of the association for vacant positions in the NIAÂ Â struggle, lobby and sometimes blackmail to be voted in, especially the seat of the associationâ€™s Deputy Chairman which automatically qualifies the winner as the next chairman in waiting.
And this year the seat of the deputy Chairman was vacant as a result of the end of tenure of Mr Wole Oshin, Managing Director of Custodian and Allied Insurance PlcÂ who had served for two years which paved the way for Mr Olusola Ladipo-Ajayi, Chief executive of Lasaco Assurance to take Oshinâ€™s place.
Olowude and Oviosu were the only two chieftains that indicated interest in the deputy chairmanâ€™s position hence Oviosu got 22 votes while Olowude got 19 votes thus botching the IGI-EVCâ€™s second attempt to win the associationâ€™s deputy chairman.
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More over, Olowude had first indicated his interest to be the NIA deputy chairman in 2008 with Ladipo-Ajayi also vying for that position and at the end of the day, Ladipo-Ajayi was elected as the bodyâ€™s deputy chairman yet the IGI chief did not give-upÂ hope of trying again but unfortunately he lost to his contender.
Â In a ten minutes grace period allowed by the governing council of the association for Olowude and Oviosu to give their manifestos, Oviosu, with all submission and humility, keyed in to the vision of the new chairman whilst he pledged to assist Ladipo-Ajayi in realising his plans for the association and the entire industry.
Olowude on the other hand,Â did not acknowledge the existence of the chairman and thus gave his manifesto directly stating that the association needed someone with high connection in the presidency to help drive the dreams of the sector, he talked on the security, taxation, globalisation and the need to address some stringent rules of National Insurance Commission.