ANA suspends election over ‘corrupt electoral process’



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ANA suspends election over ‘corrupt electoral process’

By Evelyn Osagie



 

The election of new executives into leadership positions of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has been suspended.



This followed allegations of electoral malpractice at the 38th international convention of the association in Enugu State at the weekend.

Since decisions could not be reached on how to conduct the election, former ANA President, Prof Remi Raji, addressed delegates after a long deliberation that ran into the night.

“After deliberation between the five-man panel led by Prof Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and the 25 ANA branch chairmen, it was agreed that election is postponed, and would within the next 180 days as enshrined in the ANA constitution. The place or state where it would be held would be communicated to us by our chairmen,” Raji said.

The four presidential aspirants are: Ahmed Maiwada, Chike Ofili, Ofonime Inyang and Camilus Uka.

Pandemonium broke out when some of the presidential candidates raised eyebrow over what they called “faulty” and corrupt electoral process and officials.

There were also allegations of some presidential candidates sharing cash.

Some delegates blamed outgoing ANA President Denja Abdullahi, who had led the association for two terms, for the development.

“It was indeed a show of shame. We are disappointed at how things turned out. Beginning from the opening ceremony, there had been hints of trouble when some candidates were lobbying with money and some freebies. And Abdullahi is to blame,” a past national executive, who spoke in confidence, told our correspondent.

Abdullahi denied all accusations, saying it was a calculated attempt by a few to disrupt the process.

He said: “Leadership is not a do-or-die affair. ANA is an association of intellectuals; anyone vying for any leadership position must do so with a mind to serve. We know of those who paid for people’s accommodation and were sharing money. Why? What for? It is indeed unfortunate.”

Trouble started over the decision to choose members of the election panel.

The ANA congress opposed Abdullahi constituting the panel, which would involve some members of ANA board of trustees (BoT).

A new panel was constituted with Prof Adimora-Ezeigbo as chairman; while Mr Odia Ofeimun, Prof Raji, Diego Okenyodo and chairman of Lagos ANA branch, Yemi Adebiyi, were members.

Fraca broke out over accreditation, which involved delegates being sent out of the hall and harassed by suspected Department of State Services (DSS) officials, some carrying arms.

Further displeased and aggravated by the discrepancies of the list of delegates qualified to vote, the swarm of writers protested, calling for the cancellation of the election.

“This was a ploy to disenfranchise us. Why would they have two different lists and only nine of our members out of 17 duly paid for was on them? Where did the eight disappear to?” asked delegates from Akwa Ibom branch.

The protest by the delegates followed the calling of their names from two lists, which they said were doctored to favour a particular presidential candidate.

The panel suspended the election, following a three-hour deliberation between the Adimora-Ezeigbo-led panel and the 25 ANA branch chairmen, which was announced by Raji.

ANA suspends election over ‘corrupt electoral process’

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