The political war between President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi has crept into the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, as members are currently divided on whom to support.
The Rivers State number one man is supported by the association National President, Hon Ike Chinwo, who was a former House of Representatives member, representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency while the first National Vice President, Chief Edward Ngene is solidly behind Jonathan.
On February 7, 2014, the Ngene faction passed a vote of no confidence on Chinwo led executive, over what he described as “his inability to pilot the affairs of the association along a non-partisan path”. Chinwo however issued a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt saying that the vote of no confidence cannot be enforced as he remains the National President. He dismissed the vote as not following due process.
In the statement personally signed by Chinwo, he said, “My attention has been drawn to a publication in which some members of the executive committee of the alumni association stated that I should be excused from the performance of my functions as the national president and that by the doctrine of necessity, the first national vice president should act in that capacity.
“This amounts to an impeachment which the executive committee lacks the powers to do as enshrined in our constitution. It is important to mention that the process of impeachment of the national president and indeed any national officer is clearly spelt out in Article 11, Section 2 of our constitution, which we all swore to uphold.
“It is pertinent to state that none of these steps has been taken and no written allegation was received at the last executive meeting held on February 7, 2014 at the National Secretariat. Even if any allegation was received in line with the provisions of our constitution, it is only the National Executive Council comprising the branch presidents that can initiate any of those processes.”
Source – Elombah.com