Leadership crisis rocks Network of civil society organizations

The aggrieved organizations claimed that the tenure of the council had elapsed seven years ago in 2012.

Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Gaidam

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some civil society organizations converged on Damaturu Friday to dissolve the Executive Council, led by Mr Zabu Buba.

Dr Mohammed Machina, pioneer chairman of the network and chief convener of the meeting said “the present executive council was elected in 2010 for two-year tenure as provided by the constitution of the network.

“The tenure was supposed to have elapsed seven years ago but they have remained in office till today, 21 April, 2017, which negates the provisions of the constitution,” he said.

The congress then passed a resolution dissolving the executive council and constituting a five- man committee to oversee the affairs of the network, pending the election of a new executive council within two months

However, Mr Zabu Buba, Chairman of the Network, who spoke to newsmen, described the dissolution as null and void because there was no quorum representing the various organizations to take such a decision.

“It was an exercise in futility because the same people, who kicked against an earlier proposed election, hurriedly met to execute the hatchet job without due process.

“Conveners of the meeting deliberately refused to invite me as chairman and other executive council members, as well as other civil society organizations outside Damaturu, who constitute a good percentage of our membership,” he said.

He urged the public to disregard the said dissolution of the executive council adding that “those parading themselves as members of caretaker committee are simply impersonating the Network.”

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