AFAN Set-up Transition Committee for Kogi Chapter Election

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The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has set up a seven-man Transition Committee that will conduct elections to elect the Executives for its Kogi chapter.

The AFAN’s National Stakeholders Chairman, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin, disclosed this at the stakeholders’ meeting with members of the association on Saturday in Lokoja.

Arosanyin noted that the stakeholders Kogi had held four different meetings in the past with the aim of reorganising the state’s AFAN to achieve its desire objectives.

According to him, during the previous meeting, they all agreed to set up the transition committee to conduct the state elections.

Arosanyin said the transition committee, which were drawn from the three Senatorial district of the state would be inaugurated in the next meeting, with a mandate to conduct election within the next three months.

He also said the nomination for the transition committee followed the guidelines of the association which allow them to work within a stipulated time of three months.

“Our constitution does not allow vacuum. Since the tenure of the last executive expired in June, there is need to set up a transition committee who while pilot the affairs of the Kogi chapter till the next election is conducted.

“However, none of the committee members are allowed to participate in the election. They have a three months mandate which can only be extended by another three months for them to conduct the election,” Arosanyin said.

Speakers from the three senatorial districts of Kogi, aligned with the decision of the national body to set up the transition committee.

Mr. Adams Adejo, Chief Eleshon Bawonda and Mr. Matthew Shuaibu who spoke for the East, West and Central senatorial districts respectively, all affirmed that the nomination for the transition committee members followed due process.

“We have agreed on the seven members of the electoral committee comprising a chairman and six from the three senatorial zones.

“We believe in the decision of the national body to give room for a diligent conduct of elections,”Adams said:

On his part, Bawonda who noted that Kogi chapter of AFAN was bedeviled by crises in the past, said the decision to conduct election tallies with the interest of the members.

He, however urged those aggrieved in the past to allow peace to reign and close ranks with other members to move the association forward.

Shuaibu stressed that the state chapter was lagging behind, noting that the decision of the national body to reorganized them was apt and timely.

“With the reconciliation and stakeholders meeting held severally that culminated into the nomination of transition committee, the state chapter is on its way to achieve better deals,” Shuaibu said.

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