By DAPO OLAWUNI
There are indications that the former Vice President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Chief Emenike Nwokeoji would be throwing his hat into the ring and contest for President position in the forthcoming elections of the association.
Emenike was the Vice President of ANLCA during the tenure of President Olayiwola Shittu. His practice is based on Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Even though the sales of nomination form and letter of intent for the election would officially close this Friday, May 26th, 2023, DAILY TREND gathered exclusively from reliable sources that, some close associates of Emenike are planning to obtain the form for him this week and thereafter proceed to his base in Port Harcourt to present the form to him officially.
Recall that in 2018, Emenike Nwokeoji and Tony Iju Nwabunike slogged it out in an election that took place at Enugu State. The election saw Tony Iju defeating Nwokeoji with 3 votes to clinch the Presidency of ANLCA.
Speaking with our correspondent, leader of the group of friends of Emenike said “We are obtaining the form in Lagos, we do not want to involve Emenike Nwokeoji in buying of the form, some people contributed money to buy it for him, it is planned that on Thursday we shall present it to him”
“We have not told him, we just want to present it to him for him to run for the position” he said
Recall that strong forces within ANLCA are routing for an South Easterner, an Igbo man, to continue from where the former president, Tony Iju stopped.
Our correspondent reports that there was an unwritten agreement in ANLCA that after the eight years tenure of Prince Olayiwola Shittu, a South Westerner, the Presidency should be zoned to the South East for an Igbo man to become President.
The ANLCA National National Executive Committee (NECOM) election has been slated to hold on July 5th, 2023.
According to the new electoral guideline signed by the new Chairman of Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) Chief Aloy Igwe and Alhaji Mustapha Yakubu, the ASECO Secretary, there will be registration of voters at the Western Zone(National Headquarters), Eastern Zone(Onne) and Northern Zone(Abuja) from May 17th -June 2nd, 2023.
Also, the sales of nomination form/letter of intent closes on May 26th, 2023 while the final submission of the original nomination form is slated for between May 26th- 30th, 2023.
Electoral petitions by aggrieved members or participants will be entertained from June 2nd-9th, 2023 while the publication of the aspirants/first provision voters list will be between June 5th -9th, 2023.
The verification and the screening of original documents of voters in the Western Zone hold between June 12th-15th, 2023 while the verification and screening of licenses of voters in the Eastern Zone takes place June 19th -21st, 2023 and that of the Northern Zone takes place between June 22rd-23rd, 2023.
The screening of the aspirants is slated for July 3rd, 2023 while the publication of the final voters and candidate list will also be done on July 3rd, 2023.
The proper election and declaration of results by the returning officer holds on July 5th, 2023, thus ushering in the new executives that will pilot the affairs of the battle-weary ANLCA for a single term of five years.