The Western Zone arm of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has announced it is solidly behind the dissolution of the National Executive Committee (NECOM) by the Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha led Board of Trustees (BoT), pursuant to the collective desire to stave the total collapse of the association, and hence work towards the repositioning and refocusing of ANLCA for the good of the greater majority.
In addition, the Western Zone of ANLCA says it whole heartedly support the appointment of a Sole Administrator in the person of Alhaji Mukaila Abdulazeez by the BoT to run the affairs of the association on its behalf, pending the conduct of election and the emergence of a new NECOM, within the constitutionally stipulated time frame.
According to a statement signed by Sir John Ofobike, Leader of the Western Zone and made available to Pinnacle Time, its position is in reaction to the recent declaration of its counterpart, the Eastern Zone, which has faulted the dissolution; noting that whereas the Eastern Zone is entitled to its opinion, the Western Zone owe ANLCA the duty to urgently clarify members and the larger society of its unalloyed support and ratification of the actions of the BoT led by Mustapha.
Ofobike further explained that whereas the Western Zone was neither invited nor attended the Abuja NEC Meeting in which certain decisions including the purported extension of the tenure of the Iju Nwabunike and his acting National President, Dr. Kayode Farinto was taken, the Western Zone consider the Abuja NEC business an act of illegality, and which cannot be binding on it.
The Western Zone reminded their Eastern counterpart that it has always frowned at the sit tight antics of the NECOM and has never supported it, and considers every business and actions carried out by it as illegal and unconstitutional to the extent of nullity; in lieu of Justice Aikawa’s court order to NECOM to stop parading themselves as National Officers of ANLCA in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/921/2020 of 26/8/2020.
The statement titled RE: RESOLUTION OF ANLCA EASTERN ZONE EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY, 14 JULY 2023: WESTERN ZONE CHAPTERS’ EXECUTIVES’ REACTION reads: “Following the resolutions of Eastern Zone Executives, Leaders/Elders, Chieftains and Executives of ANLCA in Western Zone summoned a meeting in Villa Park Hotel on Saturday, 15th July 2023 to discuss the Eastern Zone’s resolutions.
“After an exhaustive deliberations, Western Zone leaders, Elders and Executives resolved as follows:
- Western Zone fully appreciates the Eastern Zone’s resolutions on especially the decisions of the emergency NEC meeting held on the 12th of July 2023 in Rockview Hotel, Abuja.
- However, Western Zone wishes to state categorically that Western Zone Chapters’ executives, leaders and chieftains weren’t part of the NEC meeting held in Abuja on the 12/7/2023, because Western Zone executives and its leaders were not invited for the meeting.
- Therefore, Western Zone was not in support of whatever resolutions have been arrived at, because they were not aware/invited to the meeting. We dissociate the Zone from the decisions of the meeting.
- Western Zone wishes to state that the Zone’s executives, elders, and leaders has never in anyway supported the unconstitutional compositions of all the NEC meetings being presided over by the out gone National President or his anointed acting National President, since 2018.
- Western Zone must remind Eastern Zone that it has stood against the NECOM led by Tony Iju Nwabunike, since Justice Aikawa’s court order to NECOM to stop parading themselves as National Officers of ANLCA in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/921/2020 of 26/8/2020.
- Anything done in the name of that NECOM is vehemently opposed to. This includes, but not limited to, the unnecessary tenure extensions granted NECOM by a sit-tight so-called, unconstitutional acting NP.
- Western Zone is totally opposed to any form of illegalities and unconstitutionalities being perpetrated by the NEC presided over by an unknown person to the Supreme Constitution of ANLCA 2008 (as amended)
- Western Zone stands firmly in support of the recent moves by The Board of Trustees (BOT) led by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, in dissolving the over-expired NECOM, and appointing Alhaji Mukaila Abdulazeez as the administrator, pursuant to provisions of Section 8, Subsection 2 (b), Section 13, Subsection 4 (c) and Section 22, Subsection 2 (c) of the extant 2008 Supreme Constitution of ANLCA.”