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River State musicians on war path

By George Onah,   Port Harcourt
Following the annulment of its election by the National Working Committee, NWC, members of the   Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have threatened to turn their guitars to AK47s and deal with their national officers should they intruder and meddles in the state chapter’s affairs.

The threat followed the annulment of the election that saw the emergence of Lexy M as the new Chairman of the state chapter of the association..

Lexy M

“Somebody should tell those Lagos people that this is Niger Delta and here we don’t take nonsense. Guitars can become pump action, AK47 or bazooka, if they try to cancel our well conducted election”, a musician who did not want his name in print said.

The aggrieved musicians therefore cautioned the National General Secretary of the union, Mr. Blessing Idowu to desist from acts capable of fueling crisis between members of PMAN in Rivers State.

According to some of them who Showtime interviewed, “the recent democratically conducted election which saw the emergence of Lexy Mueka as chairman of Rivers State PMAN was constitutionally in line. And the consensus for the election arose from the need to they take their destiny in their own hands.

The members accused Mr. Idowu of not taking any actions after he had promised to conduct elections in the state, a pledged he made after appointing Mr. Arthur Pepple as Caretaker Committee Chairman.

The Arthur Pepple led committee we gathered, was given a three months tenure within which election would hold, but they spent more than eleven months without holdng te said election. It was on the premise of that the musicians decided to chart their destiny.

However Mr. Idowu insisted that  the election did not conform to the rules of PMAN part of which stipulates that a chapter of the association cannot conduct an election without the presence of a national officer.

Apart from that Mr. Idowu also disclosed that the state chapter had addressed a letter requesting to hold its election to the President and was advised to properly address the letter to the General Secretary.

Rather than do that, they went ahead to hold an illegal election. Such election is not and cannot be acceptable to the national leadership”, he said.

But the River state musicians are insisting those who mattered in the union in the region were in attendance during the election and that “the caretaker committee had over stayed its usefulness and was a source of worry to the union in the state, hence the need for the election”.


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