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Pressure Mounts As UNILAG Alumni Branches Reject National Executives

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The Chairmen of branches of the University of Lagos Alumni Association have distanced themselves from media publications announcing the emergence of National Executive members for the Association.

Unilag An advertorial, by Chairman, Warri Circle, Chief Amos Okoro; Chairperson, Oyo State Branch, Dr. Bisi Akin-Alabi; Chairman, Ogun State Branch, Professor A. A Agboola; Chairman, FCT Branch, Alhaji Tijani Mohammed; and Chairman, Akwa Ibom Branch, Senator Bob Effiong, noted that the public statement was for the benefit of Akokites worldwide and undiscerning members of the general public.

“We believe in fairness, due process and assert that the Alumni Association must be an exemplar for decency, inclusion, and rule of law. The Alumni Association is made up of state branches that have dissociated themselves from the charade that took place on the 8thof July 2018.

“Therefore, we urge members of the public to disregard any person or group of persons parading themselves as member (s) of the National Executive Committee of the University of Lagos Alumni Association.”

This development, is coming after the 2017 Annual General Meeting, AGM, of the Alumni Association which held on May 20, 2018, at the Multipurpose Hall of the university, but  ended in dispute as only 100 ballot papers were printed for an election that had over 1,000 voters pre-registered.

Some members of the association convened what they described as a conclusion of the AGM on July 9, 2018, after two botched attempts where the John Momoh-led national executive committee was purportedly elected and inaugurated.

The alumni chairmen recalled that, an alumnus, Abdulateef Abdulsalam, had on the 6th of July approached a Lagos High Court where he prayed among other things that the court set aside the purported result of an illegal search team which recommended John Momoh as the selected candidate for the position of the Association’s National President. The suit filed before Hon. Justice Beatrice Oke-Lawal was adjourned to September 17, 2018.

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