All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in South West has kicked against the caretaker committee constituted by Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), AFAN’s Board of Trustees’ (BoT) Chairman, thereby calling for its reversal.
Dr. Femi Oke, Chairman of the South West AFAN and the Chairman of the Lagos state chapter while addressing newsmen in Lagos described the inauguration as illegal, stressing that other members of the BOT were not carried along in forming a caretaker committee for the farmers’ association.
He said the South West Chapter was not in support of the action of the BOT chairman and the purported dissolution of the national executives of the association without due consultation.
“It is with utmost dismay that we received the news through social media on the dissolution of duly elected national and state officers of our able association, AFAN, by our BOT chairman.
“At meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) held recently in Abuja for the conduct of national executives, a request was made to nominate members to act on electoral committee from the six geopolitical zones of the federation.
Oke noted that most states have already conducted their elections, leaving only five states which include Bauchi, Edo, Ogun, Ebonyi and Kaduna due to non-payment of election fees to the national body of AFAN.
He said that the association was not carried along in the process and therefore, would not support or recognise the caretaker committee.
He claimed the members were sworn in unilaterally without consultation of other BoT members like Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Hon Shettimah Mustapha.
Oke thereby appealed to BOT Chairman to reverse his decision and embrace other BOT members as well as other stakeholders in AFAN.
Kabir Ibrahim, National President of AFAN in a statement addressed to the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, said that the farmers group has been conducting elections from the wards; LGA’s and state chapters across the country since July, 2018.
He stated that the group has exhausted all avenues as provided in its constitution for internal conflict resolution to resolve the issue.
“We have written two letters to the chairman of AFAN BoT seeking audience to enable him hear our side but we are yet to receive a reply,” Ibrahim said.
He urged the House Committee chairman to wade into the situation and save the truncating agricultural agenda of the Federal Government.
“We write to inform you that our national executives have been unconstitutionally dissolved and a caretaker committee has been inaugurated by the chairman BoT without querying us or hearing from us,” Ibrahim stated in the letter.
Abimbola Fatoyinbo Francis, Secretary, Southwest Zone, AFAN said “we oppose the inauguration of the caretaker committee. We were duly elected and we should allow the constitution to guide us in electing new members,” she said.