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Court action, crisis stalls ANLCA elections

By Godwin Oritse
SOME members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) have gone to court to stop the chapter elections of the association being midwife by Alhaji Inua Mohammed led Association Electoral Commission (ASECO).

The opposition group led by Chief Oye Ariyo in its summons said that neither the President nor the Board of Trustee has power to conduct election as contained in clause 8 section B of Article 10 of the Association.

The election which was meant to take place on Thursday last did not hold as officials of the Inua Mohammed led ASECO were chased out of the hall thereby stalling the said election.

Effort to speak with the Chairman of the Commission Inua Mohammed was futile as his phone lines were not going through.
In its declaration, the opposing members also said that failure of the defendants to comply with l guidelines for elections for chapter members will mean a willful waste of the resource of the association and such election will be null and void.

Parts of the summons reads “An injunction restraining the defendants either by themselves, their agents, or privies now, calling, convening, summoning or organizing any election of the association or holding the election of the offices of the chapters of the Association on Wednesday the 11th day of March 2009 or at any date, place, or time in contravention of Section B of Article 10 of the constitution of the Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents”.

The claimed that no body was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as such no body has the constitutional power to conduct elections into the chapters

It would be recalled that the Inua Mohammed a few weeks back addressed the media on the ASECO preparedness to conduct transparent elections in to the chapters.

When Mohammed was asked about the venue of the election, he refused to state the venue, a development that roused suspicion amongst members of the association.
It was however gathered that election were to be held at an barracks in Apapa.


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