Absence of the kidnapped Chairman, PTML Chapter of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) PTML Chapter, Cosmas Ndimkora, may prevent the conduct of election for the chapter.
Ndimkora was said to have been kidnapped early this year while returning to Lagos from his hometown after the Christmas celebrations and is yet to be released.
Tenure of the present NAGAFF PTML Chapter administration led by Ndimkora, who was elected vice chairman of the chapter before taking over as Chairman from Ugochukwu Nnadi, is expected to expire March 31st and election scheduled to be conducted for a new set of executives for the chapter on March 12, 2014.
But members of the chapter, during a sensitization visit of the 2014 NAGAFF Electoral Commission (NECOM) to the chapter on Wednesday, appealed for an extension of time with hope that their missing chairman, Ndimkora, would make an appearance before election is conducted for their chapter.
The members said that it would be insensitive of them to commence electioneering process with the ill fated situation surrounding their current chairman.
In his response, the NECOM Chairman, Okey Nerus, said that the commission will discuss with the National Executive Council of the association before a decision is taken on the appeal.
“When your memo gets to us we will look at it formally. Let us know if you are asking for total cancellation, extension or to conduct election into all other positions excluding that of the Chairman,” Nerus said.
He however advised that pending when the memorandum is officially received and responded to, interested aspirants for the various elective positions should not hesitate to pick their nomination forms.
Meanwhile, the Commission has threatened to disqualify any chapter Caretaker Committee official who refuses to resign his or her appointment by February 24, 2014.
A statement signed by the NECOM Chairman said that the action became necessary following what, according to him, seems to be the “lackadaisical attitude of some of the Caretaker Committee members to an internal memo dated February 11, 2014 urging them to resign their appointment by Wednesday February 19, 2014”.
Based on this, Nerus said that the Commission has resolved that any Caretaker Committee member who wants to contest in the forthcoming elections and fails to resign his/her appointment by Monday February 24, 2014 stands disqualified.”