By Moses Nosike
The National Vice-President, Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, and 1st Deputy President of Oduâ€™a Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ODUA CCIMA), Chief Alaba Lawson, has said that she isÂ asking for her constitutional right as contained in the Constitution of Oduâ€™a Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, over the lingering crisis ofÂ leadership in ODUA CCIMA.
Lawson, who is the Proprietress of Lawson Group of SchoolsÂ saidÂ that politics has no place in the activities ofÂ the chambers of commerce and so advised these forces causing crises in ODUA CCIMA to backÂ offÂ Â Â and allow the rule of law to take its cause instead of jumping the ODUA CCIMA constitution.
The industrialist and a surveyor of repute was allegedlyÂ removed so that Oyekan can become the president, even though he has not spent 10 years as member of the chamber as stipulated in the Chambersâ€™ Constitution.
â€œIâ€™m not a politician and I donâ€™t carry the card of any political party. Iâ€™m a business person and whatsoever I am today, I thank God for it because it is achieved by dint of hard work. They should not bring politics into the chamberâ€, she said.
Lawson who spoke to newsmen after the case was adjourned to March 15, 2010, said that the constitutionÂ wasÂ loud and clear that when there is vacancy in the position ofÂ the presidency, the 1st Deputy President automatically becomes the president, which means â€œyou must have gone through the hierarchy of becoming the first deputy through your experience, and everything you have, like NACCIMA, our national body will say, use your three keys, thatâ€™s your treasure, time and your talent, which I have done. Perhaps, they have something againstÂ gender ,let them come out and say it in the court because I know Iâ€™m much more capable than Oyekan.
â€œAll Iâ€™m asking from the court is my constitutional right and I believe justice at the end ofÂ the day will prevail.â€
In the same vein, Mr Edi Oguntonade, former President, Ekiti Chamber of Commerce who was at the court to witness the hearing between Chief Alaba Lawson verses Chief (Dr.) Jas Abiodun Oyekan and Rev. Leke Osunbunmi also spoke to newsmen at the Ibadan High Court yard after the case betweenÂ the subjects above was adjourned.
Mr Oguntonade said that â€œwhat was happening in ODUA CCIMA is a constitutional crisis in the sense that some people want to jump the queue, they want to rubbish the constitution of the Chambers of Commerce, and we are not going to accept that.
This is the reason why weâ€™ve come to court to see our constitution and decide who is in the right side of the constitution. Weâ€™re not supporting Chief Alaba Lawson, weâ€™re supporting the constitution. And if Alaba Lawson is supporting the constitution, as long as Ekiti is concerned, weâ€™re supporting her. She is the right person to become President of ODUA CCIMA after Chief Debo Omotosho. She is competent, energetic and committed to the cause of ODUA CCIMA.
â€œI want to tell you that without the International Trade Fair, there will be no ODUACCIMA. Alaba Lawson is the person who fought and got the approval of the International Trade Fair for ODUACCIMA.
As a matter of fact, these people didnâ€™t know when this woman was taking us to Aso Rock, Otta, National Assembly, where I was opportuned to see people like Ken Nnamani and others to discuss the approval of ODUA CCIMA. Where were these people who are causing constitutional crisis today in ODUA CCIMA.?â€