Court Upholds Pretty Okafor’s Election As PMAN President
Posted on November 13, 2016
The motion filed by one Chris Mba on behalf of himself and members of an illegal body purportedly called PMAN Caretaker Committee in Suit no. NICN/LA/632/2016 was on 11 November 2016 dismissed by Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip of National Industrial Court Lagos Division.
While hearing the application seeking to set aside the recent election which produced Mr. Pretty Okafor as President, Sunny Neji 1st Vice President, Zakky Azzay 2ndVice President and Tolu Obey Fabiyi as National Treasurer respectively among others, the presiding Judge Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip held that in the absence of any law empowering the Hon Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and the Registrar of Trade Union Mrs. Mborgu to appoint a Caretaker Committee to run and manage the affairs of a registered Trade Union like PMAN, that the application lacks merit and was therefore dismissed accordingly.
In a statement by the association and signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Kenny A. George, it is stated that, “By this development the legitimacy, legality and authenticity of the Current PMAN executive led by Okafor as President which was elected at the last PMAN Biennial National Delegates Conference held on 4 October 2016 in Lagos is no more in question and therefore stands on a sound legal footing.
“Therefore, all PMAN aggrieved members are hereby enjoined to seize this opportunity to embrace peace and concord by returning back to the Union as the ruling of the court is victory for truth and justice for all, especially now that the new executive is poised to bring good times for musicians and usher in an era of economic prosperity for our dear country, Nigeria,
PMAN has been embroiled in another round of squabbles after younger elements in the Nigerian entertainment industry led by Pretty Okafor of the Pretty & Junior fame rose up to reenergise the troubled musicians’ union.