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Petitions flood ANLCA National Secretariat over Third Term Ambition of Mike Ebeatu, Onne Chapter

Mr Mike Ebeatu …Seeking third term

More petitions have flooded the National Secretariat of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents,ANLCA, over the purported third term bid of Mike Mr Mike Ebeatu who is seeking to contest the Chairmanship position at the Onne Seaport chapter . The latest in the series of petitions is from one Chief Ogbuotulugo, a major Stakeholder in the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) which has been addressed to the National Leadership and relevant stakeholders over the Third Term ambition of Mr Ebeatu, a two-term Chairman of Oil & Gas Free Trade Zone, Onne Chapter.

The petition was copied to all NECOM Members, all BoT Members, all Patrons and National Leaders.

The petitioner stated that Mr. Mike Ebeatu who had served as two-term of six years as Chairman of Onne Oil and Gas Chapter was now re-contesting the same position in another chapter, grossly violating the clear provisions of the ANLCA Supreme Constitution.

He noted that impunity had become the order of the day under the Hon Iju Nwabunike leadership , arguing that it was likely to portray ANLCA as a “lawless entity” incapable of enforcing the rules governing the Association.

The petitioner averred that ANLCA National Secretary had recently published a query letter listing allegations of gross misconduct against Mallam Taiwo Mustapha who was accused of administering”Oath of Office on the purported newly elected officers of some chapters in the Western Zone and wondered if the constitution he referred to in the query could be cited in the case of Mr. Ebeatu who had also contravened the constitution.

Chief Ogbuotulugo accused the ANLCA top brass of employing selective justice in the attempt to punish breaches of the constitution.

On the forthcoming elections, the petitioner wondered why the Association Election Commission (ASECO) was singularly handling the compilation of list of licenses rather than allow the Executive Committee to do it, insisting this had exposed the ulterior motive of ASECO in the coming elections.
“Over the years, it has been the tradition at Onne Seaport Chapter for the Chapter Executive Committee to compile and send across to ASECO the list of licenses that fulfill their statutory obligations to the Chapter”, the petitioner noted.

He called on the National Leadership of ANLCA to “openly and not only condemn but also stand firmly against this obvious attempt to ridicule our great Association”.