The refusal of the President of NANS, Danielson Bamidele Akpan to Transit power after Overstaying in Office: Ex-Presidents Of NANS Wades in to Resolve Looming Crisis

AREWA AGENDA – The refusal of the President of NANS, Danielson Bamidele Akpan to transit power after overstaying in office against the constitutional duration has continued to generate concerns in the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS).

Recall that Bamidele resumed office on the 9th July 2018 in the NANS Unity convention that was keenly contested at the Old Parade Ground Abuja.

According to Comrade Tijani Usman Shehu, the President of NANS 2014 who made a statement on behalf of the Forum of Ex-Presidents of NANS said that a copy of an open letter written by the Council of NANS Zonal Coordinators, addressed to the Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed condemning Bamidele’s continuous stay in office after his tenure expired without a plan for transition was received by Ex-President’s forum.

In the letter as published by News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on 9th June 2020, the Zonal Coordinators who are in charge of the six geopolitical zones issued two weeks ultimatum to Danielson Bamidele the President of NANS to call for the 2020 National Convention to usher in new leadership or face an Independent Rescue Action.

Tijani Usman pointed out that the letter was too witty and cannot be taken for granted considering the strength of the writers in the organization.

“After all necessary consultations with relevant past leaders we unanimously set 25th June 2020 for a stakeholders meeting in Abuja to resolve all issues concerning the 2020 NANS National Convention.

The meeting became imperative especially to avert the looming crisis in the organization. Danielson Bamidele’s nonchalant attitude towards a convention after 23months against the constitutional 12months tenure is a clear invitation of crisis to the organization”.

In another reaction, the immediate Past President of NANS Comrade Chinonso Obasi said that “After studying a copy of the letter as sent to me by the Council of Zonal Coordinators duly signed by Comrade Zakari Hashim, NANS Zone A’ Coordinator, Comrade Friday Offongekpe, Zone B’ Coordinator, Comrade Kappo Samuel Oluwale, Zone D’ Coordinator, I was convinced of an indispensable future crisis, owing to the capacity and territorial authorities and power of the coordinators in NANS if Bamidele fails to comply with the Coordinator’s demand for a Convention within the stipulated time frame”

During my tenure as the President of NANS, in my 12months in office, I held a media briefing fully attended by relevant stakeholders, presented my account of stewardship and I officially declared an end to my administration as stipulated by NANS Charter and Demands.

It wasn’t suitable for me then, but as a leader your powers, guide and Manuel for operation is the constitution. Our charter stipulates 12months tenure which I was ready to comply with but process to convey the Unity which NANS enjoy today ate into few months. I was hopeful that Bamidele would do better because we gave him all the comfort and the Sacrifices that myself and Aruna Kadiri made for Unity, however, we are all disappointed with his high-handedness.

Other Ex-Presidents of the students body which include: Comrade Jude Imagwe, MON, Comrade Femi Osabinu, Comrade Wole Badmus, Comrade Aruna Kadiri, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo and Comrade Ali Kano, the Ex-Senate President of NANS have all given consent and a unanimous endorsement for a stakeholder’s meeting to draw a road map for the 2020 NANS National Convention. Obasi Said.

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