Danielson Bamidele Akpan
NANS President, Danielson Bamidele Akpan

Bamidele succumbs to pressure, sets date for NANS election

NEWS DIGEST – The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has fixed August 20 – 22, for its 2020 national election/convention, after President Bamidele Danielson had spent one year and 10 months in office.

The News Digest reports that the NANS constitution stipulates one year as a tenure for executives.

Recall that Mr Danielson who was elected in August 2018 and had been in office for a year and 10 months, against the stipulated one-year tenure.

This development had drown the ire of many stakeholders who alleged that Mr Danielson had intended to perpetuate himself in office for “deliberately” refusing to conduct elections to produce his successor and other NANS officials.

However, the Exco apparently cowed to pressures and convoked a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, at the end of which a communique was issued giving the date for the conduct of the election.

The communique was signed by Samuel Kappo, NANS Zone D Coordinator Mohammed Kachinga, Zone A Coordinator, Friday Offongekpe, Zone B coordinator and Mahmud Abubakar, President, National Association of Nigerian Colleges of Education Students, NANCES.

According to the communique, the election is a “Doctrine of Necessity” as Bamidele Akpan’s tenure has long elapsed and there is need to transit power to new executives.

“The constitution of NANS stipulates one year for every office holder but Bamidele Akpan shall be two years in office by July 9, without any plan to set transition in motion.

“Recall on June 9, as captured by NAN, the Council of Zonal Coordinators issued a 14 days ultimatum to Bamidele Akpan, the NANS President to fix a date for NANS Election/Convention, which yielded no fruit afterwards.

“On that basis, the stakeholders in effort to saving the constitutional tenure of office holders in the organisation all resolved for Aug. 20, for an election in Abuja to usher in new executives to pilot the affairs of the organisation through 2020/2021 session.’’

Mohammed Eneji, the immediate Past President of the National Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, was appointed the Chairman of the Convention Planning/Teansition Committee while Lucky Emonefe Secretary.

The transition committee also comprises of 14 other members who cut across the six geopolitical zones with the inclusion of student Union Presidents and NANS state Chairmen as members.

The communique, therefore, charged the committee with the responsibility to work with security agencies and other relevant bodies to conduct a credible election for the association on August 20.