Crisis hits Ekiti pensioners association as members dissolve exco
By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—There was confusion at the meeting of Ekiti State Chapter of Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria, LOGPAN, yesterday, following the sack of the executive council led by Chief Julius Adekogba.
At their mini congress held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the local government pensioners said Adekogba who had been in office for 21 years violated Article 2 (ii) of the union constitution which provides for a term of three years in office which is renewable for another three years.
The pensioners also said Adekogba contravened Article 13 (viii) of the constitution by accepting political appointment from Governor Ayo Fayose as a Commissioner in the State Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM.
They also said other members of the exco were equally guilty of an offence by congratulating Adekogba when he was appointed with none of them drawing his attention to the constitutional infraction.
Union members said Adekogba could not remain chairman of Ekiti chapter while at the same time holding office as LOGPAN’s national chairman.
Apart from dissolving the exco, the council pensioners resolved that a caretaker committee be constituted to pilot the affairs of the union and conduct an election to usher in another set of officials.
But Adekogba insisted that he remains the chairman but members walked out on him in the rowdy session.
They are dissidents- Sacked Chair
Responding to the dissolution of his exco, Adekogba, described members who carried out the act as “dissidents.”
Adekogba said: “They are not bona-fide members of LOGPAN, they are a dissident group who had just retired. They said we should wage war against the governor and we said no.
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