…As intrigues, lies creeps into campaigns
Lies and intrigues may characterize the forthcoming elections of the Nigeria Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA), as rumour-mill posits that NISA General Secretary, Dada Labinjo has been “zoned” out of the election.
The rumour which was fuelled by a weekly tabloid, upon investigation was however found to lack substance, as Labinjo described the story as a figment of the imagination of those who sold it to the weekly.
“The Nigeria Shipowners’ Association is a professional Association subscribed to freely by shipowners, maritime operators and other allied service providers, such as lawyers, accountants, Insurance Companies, Banks etc.”, Labinjo highlighted when his view was sought, stressing “in such a professional association, there is no place for politics of zoning”.
“The choice of who heads the Association can only come from the registered members of the Association.
“The Constitution of the Association is very clear on who can contest for office of the Association. Article 6 of NISA Constitution provides that every office of the Association is elective. Article 6 (6) provides as follows: ‘’As much as possible, candidates contesting for election into the position of the President, the 1st Vice President and the 2nd Vice
President shall be from different geographical/geopolitical regions of the country’’, he explained further, adding that he and as well as other contestants were still in the race.
It would be recalled that an industry tabloid on Monday, 8th September, 2014 published in screaming headline: “Labinjo Zoned Out For Omatseye, Ogbeifun’’.
The paper while quoting an unnamed source indicated that Capt Dada Labinjo may have been ruled out of the race as a result of a zoning arrangement that favours South-South candidates.
A NISA member who spoke on condition of anonymity however said he expected the development.
“Election is election. So, we should expect this one too, to be fought by everything, including outright lies!” he concluded.