By Ogbonna Amadi, Entertainment Editor
It was victory at lastÂ for Admiral Dele Abiodun a. k. a Adawa Super and his teeming supporters when the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Marvel Akpoyibo, upheld the court ruling that declaredÂ him authentic President of the Performing Musicians Employees Association of Nigeria (PMAN).
The Police boss made this known last Tuesday, June 9, in the presence of Tee Mac (who was also contending the leadership of the association) and a group of other musicians armed with placards bearing different inscriptions and who had marched on the Police Headquarters to protest the continued lock up of their National Secretariat located at 18, Adegbola Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Police Commissioner maintained that his formation had no business in what he described as a civil matter and as such, had no choice but to stand by the ruling of Honourable Justice Mash of the Lagos High Court in his judgement that upheld the election ofÂ Dele Abiodun asÂ PMAN President.
In his submission, the Lagos police boss urged Tee Mac and his members of his executive to give peace a chance and allow the authentic president and his team to run the affairs of the association accordingly.
â€œBut if you are not comfortable with the ruling of Justice Marsh, the courts are there. Go and seek redressâ€, he told Tee Mac.
According to Akpoyibo, since the Police cannot upturn the court judgment, which pronounced Dele Abiodun President of PMAN, it is out of place not to allow the secretariat to function; hence, he promptly released the keys to the musicians who went into ecstatic jubilations.
The Police Commissioner who is a lawyer advised those who have grievances to channel them through appropriate quarters and desist from instigating further trouble within the PMAN family. He therefore advised them to seek legal redress if they have any grievances against the court judgment.
It could be recalled that PMAN was thrown into a state of confusion after the exit of former president, Charly Boy, who was alleged to have installed Hare Krishna monk, Bolaji Rosiji, as PMAN president and later also made Tee Mac on Nigerian musicians bosswithout abiding with PMANâ€™s constitutional provisions.
Dele Abiodun and his supporters had waited patiently for the legal battle, which had been on for about four years to be resolved, with the intention to reclaim their legitimate mandate.
It is on record that Oritz Wiliki, who was the Second Vice President during the Charly Boyâ€™s regime, dragged Abiodun to court to stop him from parading himself as PMAN President.
This was however against the position of the PMAN Legal Adviser, Barrister Fred Agbaje, who supported the Uyo election of the 28 November, 2005, where Abiodun was elected president and swore him in as president on Wednesday, December 7, 2005.
Ironically, while the litigation against Admiral Dele Abiodun was on, Charly Boy-led executive proceeded to Kaduna to hold another election where Rosiji was named winner.
Dele Abiodun succeeded in obtaining a court ruling, which stated that the status quo remained; that Dele Abiodun should continue as PMAN president until the court said otherwise.
This ruling was however ignored by the Rosiji led- executive who held on to the PMAN secretariat and went on appeal, which they lost and a N10, 000, fine, which is yet to be paid, placed on them.
In another ruling against the Kaduna election, the court also stated that Barrister Fred Agbaje was the authentic PMAN Legal Adviser.
Finally, during March 2009 judgment, Justice Mash declared that Admiral Dele Abiodun was the president of PMAN, that the Charly Boyâ€™s tenure had expired; that the Kaduna election held by Charly Boy was contrary to PMANsâ€™ constitution; that everything Charly Boy did after November 28, 2005 was null and void and of no effect; that Dele Abiodun should serve his full tenure and that neither Rosiji and Tee Mac can represent the PMAN.
Interestingly, past presidents and other critical stakeholders of PMAN, including Evangelist Ebenezer (Dr.) Obey, King Sunny Ade, Chief Tony Okoroji, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Ms. Onyeka Onwenu, Laolu Akins and Alhaji Kolington Ayinla, who met on April 20, 2009 have pledged their support for Abiodun while imploring Tee Mac and his team to allow peace to reign.
Reacting to the development, Abiodun who had invited religious leaders to pray for the atonement of the PMAN, said his administration would operate an open door policy, entrench peace and unity, without witch hunting anyone, whether his supporter or not, and also to work frantically to return PMAN to its lost glory.
â€œWe do not intend to alienate any of our members; we want everyone with ideas that can move the association forward to come so that we can do it together.
The time is now for us to entrench peace among our members and also rebrand PMAN because we have a central role to play in the federal governmentâ€™s re-branding project. So our house must be in order to be part of itâ€, he said.