By BENJAMIN NJOKU
The crisis rocking the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, may soon become a thing of the past as some committed members of the body under the aegis of PMAN Peace Initiative Committee, have initiated moves to restore peace in the troubled musicians’ house.
The committee led by veteran musician, Chris Mba and ace-reggae artiste,Oritz Obemighor Wiliki met with other stakeholders at a hangout in Ikeja, Lagos, during the week to chart the way forward for the association.
According to Oritz Wiliki who spoke on behalf of other members of the committee, PMAN over the years have been bedevilled with leadership crisis.
“We are not getting the necessary benefits as members of a trade union. We have found many things wrong in the industry, especially PMAN. We will share the blame for how PMAN got to where it is today. If all of us had played our roles by not neglecting PMAN, the association wouldn’t have been in disarray today,” he lamented.
Wiliki disclosed that the committee has taken steps to meet with the various warring fractions and stakeholders of the association who have pledged to support the peace initiative. As part of the peace mission, he said, the committee administered not less than 300 questionnaires via personal contracts and online, all in a bid to ascertain whether the association will set up an interim government which will organise a fresh election or simply, to conduct a direct election that will usher in a new executive that will pilot the affairs of the association.
He regretted a situation where one of the warring fractions,Murphy McAnthony, after agreeing to give peace a chance, went behind the committee last December to conduct a general election in Port-Harcourt, which was stopped by the police.
It would however be recalled that PMAN’s crisis started over seven years ago when the then president of the association, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, a.k.a. Charly Boy ignored the provisions of the PMAN constitution to conduct an election after the delegates, the major decision making organ of the association, had conducted an election that produced Juju musician, Admiral Dele Abiodun, as the president.
For about eight years, the major players dragged themselves from one court to other, and while this was on-going , the problem over the control of the secretariat erupted.
When Dele Abiodun assumed the leadership of the association, he couldn’t perform as expected as most of his time was spent on resolving internal crisis or the other. Worse still, after conducting an election that returned him to office, the crisis escalated as he was forced to resign.After his resignation, the First Vice President, Murphy McAnthony, took over in acting capacity.