NISA presidential contestants to meet Appeal Panel, over winner’s eligibility

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There is a strong indication that all the presidential contestants at the recent election of the Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA),would on Friday, present themselves before a NISA Election Appreal Panel (NEAP), to determine the eligibility of the winner, to contest.

This was sequel to alleged protest by some contestant, that the winner was not  eligible to contest, let alone win.

The Maritime First learnt that while the winner of the glaringly transparent, free and fair election, Capt. Dada Olaniyi Labinjo was not in doubt, it was however being contested, that he was competent to contest the election he won, in the first place.

Consequently, the three presidential contestants, former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Temisan Omatseye; Shipping magnate, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun and Capt. Labinjo were expected to meet with NEAP this afternoon. 

While the identities of the NEAP members could not be determined, it was authoritatively gathered that the leadership would be Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, 

Though efforts to speak with Capt. Labinjo on the matter failed, a close source said he would not be interested in going public, in respect of development in NISA, affecting him and his good friends and co-contestants.

“The image of the association is more important to him now”, the close source explained, speaking on conditions of anonymity.

Similarly, industry watcher, Anthony Emeordi also declined comment, saying he would rather keep his fingers crossed and await the decisions of the NEAP, before forming any opinion.

“No. Let’s not jump the gun. Let’s wait for the decision of this Appeal Panel first. Or how do you talk of eligibility, after an election has been won, and the winner was publicly congratulated? How do you talk of eligibility, if everyone has agreed the election was transparently free and fair? If the man had lost, would anyone be talking of his eligibility to contest?” he asked, stressing that he would prefer to keep mute, until the NEAP comes out with a decision.

A NISA member who spoke with the Maritime First however said he expected the present huddle, emphasizing that “Some big toes are not comfortable with the election victory of Capt. Labinjo. I don’t want to say anything more than that for now!”, he concluded, speaking on condition of strong anonymity.

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