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All Farmers Association of Nigeria Establishes Transition Committee for Kogi Chapter

Stakeholders of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) have taken a decisive step to reorganize the Kogi State chapter by establishing a seven-member transition committee. This committee is tasked with overseeing the association's activities and conducting elections within the next three months.

During a meeting in Lokoja on Saturday, AFAN’s National Stakeholders Chairman, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin, announced that the transition committee members, drawn from the state's three senatorial districts, will be inaugurated at the next meeting. The committee has a clear mandate to conduct elections within this three-month period.

Dr. Arosanyin explained that stakeholders have held four previous meetings aimed at reorganizing the state chapter to achieve its goals. The nomination for the transition committee followed the association's guidelines, ensuring they work within the stipulated time frame.

"Our constitution does not allow a vacuum. Since the tenure of the last executive expired in June, there is a need to set up a transition committee to pilot the affairs of the Kogi chapter until the next election. However, none of the committee members are allowed to participate in the election. They have a three-month mandate, which can only be extended by another three months to conduct the election," Arosanyin said.

Speakers from the various senatorial districts supported the national body's decision to establish the transition committee. Mr. Adams Adejo, Chief Eleshon Bawonda, and Mr. Matthew Shuaibu, representing the East, West, and Central senatorial districts, respectively, confirmed that the nomination process followed due process.

Adams stated, "We have agreed on the seven members of the electoral committee, comprising a chairman and six members from the three senatorial zones. We believe in the national body's decision to ensure a diligent conduct of elections."

Mr. Bawonda noted that the state chapter had been plagued by crises in the past, and the decision to conduct elections aligns with the members' interests. He urged those previously aggrieved to allow peace to reign and to unite with other members to move the association forward.

Mr. Shuaibu emphasized that the state chapter was lagging behind, and the national body's decision to reorganize them was both apt and timely. He expressed optimism that the reconciliation and stakeholders' meetings, which culminated in the nomination of the transition committee, would lead to better outcomes for the state chapter.
 

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