The National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Iju Tony Nwabunike, has washed his hands off the crisis rocking the Onne chapter election in which the Chairman, Mr Mike Ebeatu, is planning for a thrid term in office.
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Speaking to SHIPPING DAY on phone, Nwabunike said he was not involved in forcing any member of the association to step down for the Chairman of the association who is interested in third term.
He explained that some years ago the National Executive Committee (NEC) (not his administration ) had waived the constitutional provision in the association to allow one Mr Kingsley Offor to contest for a third term.
He said the issue had come up during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Owerri where he had insisted that he wanted to see the communique before encouraging third term election in the association.
Nwabunike added that the handicap of the leadership of the association had during the AGM was that only another NEC meeting could change the decision on the third term election waiver.
He however said he was not aware that some members were forced to step down, adding that his leadership would not encourage such development.
He said any chapter was free to adopt any method members feel was conveninet to them to conduct election provided the guidelines by the body’s electoral body, ASECO, were followed.
According to him, “am just starting work, coming to Lagos. Am not party to the election in onne. Any chapter is free to adopt any method they feel is convenient to them to conduct election. Nobody can be forced to step down. if you step down, you take it in good faith. What matters is that ASECO guidelines have been followed because that is the constitutional provisionin our association.”