…Says He will Replicate Prince Prince Olayiwola Shittu’s Performance in ANLCA
By DAPO OLAWUNI
Former Chairman of Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Leader of Emenike Nwokeoji Group of Friends, Barr Raymond Oyimba has boasted that their candidate; Chief Emenike Nwokeoji has the backing and support of the Nigeria Customs Service to transform the association.
He described Emenike Nwokeoji as an institution and a board room custom broker, adding that he is the only candidate with pedigree that can deliver the association from the state of ruin that it is presently.
Barr Oyimba stated this at the ANLCA National Secretariat on Wednesday while speaking with press men after the purchase of nomination form for ANLCA Presidency on behalf of Chief Emenike.
Emenike Nwokeoji is former Vice President of ANLCA during the tenure of Prince Olayiwola Shittu as National President.
He assured that the former ANLCA Vice President has what it takes to replicate the kind of successes recorded during the tenure of Prince Olayiwola Shittu as National President.
Speaking, he said “There are some friends of Emenike that came forward and believed that this association should move forward, and those his friends are in Port Harcourt.
He is not aware that we are here, I gathered information that he is somewhere in London or United States.
“This his friends that I am representing, we contributed money for him to take this step,we learnt that ASECO is closing the form in few days from now, we believe that we should come together and purchase this form, when Emenike Nwokeoji comes back, we are going to present the form to him, so that he can run for President of ANLCA.
“We are going to present Emenike Nwokeoji as an institution, as a customs broker, based on my knowledge, he belongs to the group of agents that you can described as “Board Room” customs agents, he owns a bonded warehouse, he is running a company that has a branch in Lagos, and head office in Port Harcourt, he is not like other candidates that does not have an office, they don’t even have staffs.
“I want to tell you that the management of customs are pleased that we are presenting a candidate in the name of Emenike Nwokeoji, but the customs cannot do the same thing for the other candidates.
“In the last election of 2018, Emenike Nwokeoji lost with three votes, the election was conducted by me, but this time around, it is left for the agents to allow the association to die, or for everybody to work together to rescue the association through Emenike Nwokeoji
“He is the only person alive now that can deliver this association, he is going to replicate what Prince Olayiwola Shittu has done in ANLCA, remember that it was Shittu who secured this National Secretariat for us, it is only Emenike Nwokeoji that can do that right now.
“There is no way you can ask a man that does not have strength to start running a marathon. Since the other candidate has been Acting President, has anything changed? How is he going to change it? He cannot change ANLCA, which office is he running?
While describing the level of decay in the association due to five years of internal crisis, Barr Oyimba said “The association is gone, ANLCA presently is like what we described those days at the port as M.O (Machine Outside)
ANLCA has been machined outside and brought here, even some ex-convicts are running for this election, in term we would let everybody know.
“We are presenting Emenike Nwokeoji, a man with character and pedigree, let the other people bring their own and put on the table” he said
Barr Oyimba confirmed that a photocopy of the ASECO election guidelines has been given alongside the nomination form. He however said that the team would integrate the guidelines to ensure it is in line with the ANLCA Constitution of 2008.
“We are going to interrogate the process and guidelines that ASECO is following in this election, is it in conformity with constitution of ANLCA and the ASECO guidelines?
“We would work according to the guidelines they have given us after we have looked into it, if they are working by the guidelines and the constitution of ANLCA 2008, not the 2020.
The 2020 constitution is not a constitution but a trap” he said
Barr Oyimba stated that some group of friends of Emenike have decided to obtain the nomination form on his behalf in order to encourage him run for the president of ANLCA.
He flew in from Port Harcourt on Wednesday alongside others, including Chief Obi Chima, Dr Asogwa, and Nze Ejeziem.
Also speaking with journalists, Secretary of ASECO, Alhaji Mustapha Yakubu said that the ANLCA election is going on as planned, and that it is holding 5th of July 2023.
“All members of ANLCA are on the same page with what the ASECO is doing, and we are moving ahead in terms of planning and coordination.
“The date of the election as proposed and approved by the ANLCA Board of Trustees is 5th of July 2023.
“So far, ten aspirants have collected forms for various offices, while two among them are vying for the post of President” Yakubu stated