The election of Pretty Okaafor as Performing Musicians Association President (PMAN) was on November 11, upheld by Honourable Justice B.B. Kanyip of National Industrial Court Lagos Division. The suit was filed by one Chris Mba on behalf of himself and members of a body called PMAN Caretaker Committee in Suit no. NICN/LA/632/2016.
While hearing the application seeking to set aside the recent election which produced Mr. Pretty Okafor as President, Sunny Neji, First Vice President, Zakky Azzay, second Vice President and Tolu Obey Fabiyi, as National Treasurer respectively, among others.
The presiding Judge Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip held that in the absence of any law empowering the Hon Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and the Registrar of Trade Union Mrs. Mborgu to appoint a Caretaker Committee to run and manage the affairs of a registered Trade Union like PMAN, that the application lacks merit and was therefore dismissed accordingly.
By this development the legitimacy, legality and authenticity of the Current PMAN executive led by Mr. Pretty Okafor as President which was elected at the last PMAN Biennial National Delegates Conference held on the 4th October 2016 in Lagos is no more in question and therefore stands on a sound legal footing.
Therefore, all PMAN aggrieved members are hereby enjoined to seize this opportunity to embrace peace by returning back to the Union as the ruling of the court is victory for truth and justice for all. The new executive is poised to bring good times for musicians and usher in an era of economic prosperity for our dear country, Nigeria
The statement was signed by PMAN’s Secretary General, Dr. Kenny A. George.