ANA Crisis: Leadership tussle worsens as faction flouts court docket expose

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There is but no stay in quiz to the crisis bedevilling the Affiliation of Nigerian Authors (ANA) as a faction flouts a court docket’s restraining expose directing it to care for wander pending the closing decision on the rift within the association.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja restrained officers of a faction of ANA, led by Camilus Ukah as President, from conducting the 40th national convention of the association because the management crisis afflicting the association remained unresolved.

Seven claimants within the suit marked FCT/HC/CV/2613/2021, filed at the FCT High Court in Abuja on October 25, received the expose of length in-between injunction barring the registered trustees of the association and its 18-member executive committee “from identifying and parading themselves as officers of ANA and from holding the upcoming national convention”, which used to be billed to expend at the Writers Village, Abuja.

The ponder, O.A Musa, also barred them from parading themselves as elected officials except the subject used to be heard.

He also gave a identical ruling barring the officials of the Abuja chapter of the association, whose election used to be conducted by the Ukah-led faction except determination of the suit.

Suit

The claimants within the suit are Halima Usman, Anthony Onuga, Eze Collins Ofoma, Friday Onah, Commerce Msurshima Comfor, Godwin Alapa and Charles Iwuchukwu.

They had pleaded with the court docket to restrain the Ukah-led executive committee from holding any public gathering “for any subject pertaining to ANA.”

The Ukah faction, however, held the match despite the court docket ruling on the subject, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

When reached for feedback, however, Mr Ukah urged this newspaper his neighborhood used to be now no longer served the court docket papers forward of the match. He also acknowledged his trusty crew “is already studying all of the court docket papers.”

Unresolved crisis

Two writers, Ahmed Maiwada and Mr Ukah, are laying mutter to the management of the association of authors.

Ahmed Maiwada Picture courtesy, Daily Nigerian

The two possess engaged in a bitter struggle of supremacy over the earlier couple of months to shore up their relief bases despite makes an are attempting by assorted groups to mediate.


A third neighborhood, which would no longer recognise the two, has extra polarised the association.

PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported the genesis and causes for the crisis and the device this has worsened over time.

This newspaper also reported how makes an are attempting by the association’s advisory council to intervene had been unsuccessful.

Court ruling aftermath

PREMIUM TIMES learnt the court docket has now extended the ruling barring the faction except February 10, 2022.

TEXEM

A authorized professional representing the ‘Abuja chapter’ of the association, Issac Igwezi, alleged in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that the Ukah faction intentionally flouted the court docket’s expose and this “angered the ponder” which ended in the extension of the expose.

He acknowledged the officials of the faction had been duly served the preliminary court docket papers barring them from office “however they refused to be served”.

He acknowledged the ponder had then adjourned the case except November 25 after he gave the ruling.

The true, who indicated his relief for the Maiwada faction, added that which means of the flouting of the orders, his trusty crew, on November 25, had approached the court docket to receive it to “lengthen its injunction restraining Mr Ukah and his crew contributors, alongside with the illegally assembled ANA Abuja EXCO contributors, from parading themselves as assorted officers of ANA, except the closing determination of the case anxious the constitutionality of their elections”.

He acknowledged the ponder, after the hearing, extended his expose except February 10, 2022, “a date for hearing of the pending wander on be aware for extending the injunction even farther except the stay of the case in court docket”.

“Thus, the lifespan of the length in-between injunction has been extended and the subject accordingly adjourned except February 10, 2022 for hearing of the wander on be aware,” Mr Igwezi posted on the ANA Facebook platform.

He also acknowledged the “defendants had been served by device of, the bailiff their Memorandum of Conditional signed by their counsel, D. Okay. Iorhemba Esq. and J. B. Ifer”.

He acknowledged the defendants had been most realistic served with the processes five days earlier by substituted plan “because of they’d shunned service”.

“The court docket restrained them from holding the purported anniversary convention which they violated,” Mr Igwezi acknowledged on the phone. “We had been called on November 25 and the court docket used to be now no longer pleased that its expose used to be held contemptuously by the Camilus exco and the purported exco elected by device of him which are the purported ANA Abuja executive.”

“The area the Camilus aspect is holding is that they weren’t wide awake of the court docket expose. ANA national used to be served on November 1. Camilus and Mike Ortsega, who’s the one parading himself because the Nationwide Secretary (had been served). They had been served however they declined service which by law is ideally estimable service since you had been served however you refused.”

The authorized professional effectively-known that forward of the convention which used to be conducted in contravention of the court docket’s expose, Mr Camilus’ authorized professional had written to the court docket soliciting for the certified true copies of the processes and the expose of the court docket.

“This plan they had been wide awake of the expose they in most cases wished the processes of the court docket,” he acknowledged.

Ukah speaks

Mr Ukah, when contacted on Monday, for his response, acknowledged: “I need to verify with my trusty adviser to perceive whether I need to easy acknowledge to whatever subject is ‘striking’ in court docket.”

But when pressed extra, he acknowledged: “to the most realistic of my data forward of the convention, and at as soon as after no paper used to be served on me or any of my exco member or any main officer of the association. It used to be after the convention that the trusty adviser urged me that there is a court docket paper anxious attention. That is after the convention.”

“Must you investigate extra, you are going to seek the calibre of these that attended the convention. They effect now no longer seem to be mean folks. We had representation from other countries. We had representations from Cameroon, Ghana and Gambia. And the Pan-African Writers association led by the chief executive used to be there. Vice chancellor of the College of Abuja used to be there because the chairman of the occasion. Senator Shehu Sani used to be there alongside with the minister of data who sent a representative,” he acknowledged.

He also effectively-known that the governor of Borno sent a representative and donated N1 million which he has redeemed. “The governor of Bauchi sent a representative. The chairman of the advisors Council, Femi Osofisan, used to be there. It used to be an unlimited match…”

On whether the faction he leads would obey the court docket ruling barring them from “parading themselves as elected officers, he acknowledged: “I don’t stay in Abuja, however I’m aware that our trusty crew made representation within the court docket on November 25.”

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He acknowledged he had now no longer been fully briefed about what transpired.

“I will depend on the advice of my authorized professional however I need to be briefed first. As I’m speaking to you now, I really possess now no longer considered any court docket paper…,” he added.

Background

This newspaper had reported how each claimants held parallel conventions in 2020.

While the Maiwada neighborhood held its convention in Awka, Anambra Order, between December 10 and 12, the Ukah neighborhood held its earlier between December 3 and 6 in Ilorin, Kwara Order, the build it acknowledged “it took choices pertaining to its station”.

At the Maiwada neighborhood’s convention, Bode Sowande used to be reportedly appointed because the novel ‘ANA BOT chairman’ alongside Yaya Dangana and Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugha as contributors.

However the Ukah faction had dismissed the appointments, insisting the match used to be an illegal one.

A observation launched by the Ukah neighborhood signed by Umar Yogiza Jr. (PRO North) and Wole Adedoyin (PRO South), acknowledged the convention held in Awka used to be illegal.

It also reaffirmed the “expulsion” of Mr Maiwada, Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, Patrick Oguejiofor, Owupele Francis, Usho Smith Adawa, Banma Baba Suleiman, Dada Korede, Moses Joseph, Isa Ibrahim Dan Musa, Stanley Kavwam, and Isaac Attah Ogezi “for so a lot of cases violating the structure of the association. Whoever pals them with ANA does so at his/her have menace.”

“There is most realistic one ANA below the management of Mr Camilus Ukah,” it acknowledged. “There is most realistic one Advisory Council below the chairmanship of Professor Femi Osofisan…”

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