The Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, in a press release on Friday warned its chapters across the country, the media, the Corporate Affairs Commission, banks, partners of ANA, Yusuf Ali-SAN, AE-FUNAI and others of fraudsters parading themselves as ‘New ANA National Executive Council’.
The BringBackANA Movement who warned members of the public, corporate organizations, eminent politicians, ANA members and chapters across the nooks and crannies of the country said this was necessary because an un-elected and unconstitutional ANA National Executives led by Barrister Ahmed Maiwada had been using the name of ANA to engage in all sort of unauthorized and illegal activities that would drag the name of ANA in the mud.
Wole Adedoyin, a member of the movement and immediate-past National Publicity Secretary (South) of ANA, issued the warning in Lagos.
It would be recalled that the ANA Board of Trustees on the 13th of March 2020 viewed with dismay the act of indiscipline of a deviant group led by Barrister Maiwada, which purportedly elected what it called a ‘new ANA Executive’ at Abuja on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
In a release signed by Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu, PhD on behalf of ANA Board of Trustees described the Barrister Maiwada led group’s action as outrageous and unconstitutional and therefore warned all responsible members of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) to ignore them and their activities.
The release further stated that “Any action by any member/s of ANA intended to compromise the integrity and dignity of ANA in contravention of the vision of the founding fathers and/ or in violation of the Constitution of ANA, as evident in the charade and indiscipline displayed by the deviant group at Abuja in the purported meeting and election on Saturday March 7, 2020 shall attract appropriate severe disciplinary action including expulsion from the Association.”
The latest of this fraudulent act by Barrister Maiwada-led group was contained in a press statement titled “30 Days in Office and immediate Task Ahead” issued and signed by Akogun Tai Oguntayo said to be illegally parading himself as the National Secretary of ANA.
Adedoyin said corporate organizations, government bodies at all levels, the media and partners of ANA and KMVL, ANA Abuja Land developer, should be wary of these ‘disgruntled’ members as they have embarked on using ANA’s name to pursue their selfish agenda and do not have the authorization or validation of the ANA congress to do anything in ANA’s name.
He further explained that the warning became necessary following reports that this disgruntled and self appointed ANA National Executives have been visiting State Governments, Corporate organizations and politicians in attempt to collect money from them under the pretext of financing the activities of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Adedoyin said the release of the Prof. Jerry Agada-led committee earlier mandated by the ANA Advisory Council and the board of trustees to conduct an Emergency General Meeting and elections of a valid new national executive council which was to hold in Makurdi on the 28th of March 2020 before it was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
In the committee’s release dated 26th March 2020 postponing the Emergency General Meeting / elections and signed by its Chairman, it was stated thus: ” the committee wishes to remind all members , friends , associates and partners of ANA that for now, the Association has no elected executive committee until such a time when the election being postponed would have been conducted and those elected duly sworn in .”