There appears to be no end in sight to the crisis currently rocking the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) as the group’s factions held parallel conventions in December to appoint new members into the Board of Trustees of the group.
Two writers, Ahmed Maiwada and Camillus Ukah, are laying claim to the leadership of the association of authors.
The two have engaged in a bitter battle of supremacy over the last few months to shore up their support bases despite attempts by various groups to mediate.
A third group also exists, which does not recognise the two and this has further polarised the association.
PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported the genesis and reasons for the crisis and how this has worsened in recent months.
This newspaper also reported how attempts by the association’s advisory council to intervene were unsuccessful.
While the Maiwada group held its convention in Awka, Anambra State, between December 10 and 12, the Ukah group held it’s earlier between December 3 and 6 in Ilorin, Kwara State, where it said “it took decisions concerning its status”.
At the Maiwada group’s convention, Bode Sowande was reportedly appointed as the new ‘ANA BOT chairman’ alongside Yaya Dangana and Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugha as members.
But the Ukah faction has dismissed the appointments, insisting the event was an illegal one.
A statement released by the Ukah group signed by Umar Yogiza Jr. (PRO North) and Wole Adedoyin (PRO South), said the convention held in Awka was illegal.
It also reaffirmed the ‘expulsion’ of Mr Maiwada, NgoziChuma-Udeh, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, Patrick Oguejiofor, Owupele Francis, Usho Smith Adawa, Banma Baba Suleiman, Dada Korede, Moses Joseph, Isa Ibrahim Dan Musa, Stanley Kavwam, and Isaac Attah Ogezi “for repeatedly violating the constitution of the Association. Whoever associates them with ANA does so at his/her own risk.”
“There is only one ANA under the leadership of Mr. Camillus Ukah,” it added. “There is only one Advisory Council under the chairmanship of Professor Femi Osofisan.”
It said “Mr Sowande is neither a chairman nor a member of ANA’s BOT. Alhaji Yaya Dangana and Prof. Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugha are not members of ANA’s BOT. The trio are advised to protect their names from misrepresentation.”
The Ukah faction said the association had decided at its 2013 convention, held in Akure, that Ernest Emenyonu and Kole Omotoso should replace the late Chinua Achebe and TM Aluko as BOT members.
“At the convention held in Ilorin this year, the congress reaffirmed its 2013 decision and even went further to add Dr. Maria Ajima to the BOT. All three are to serve with Madam Mabel Segun and Mallam Labo Yari who have been trustees for decades.”
Mr Maiwada did not respond to calls and a text message sent to him for a reaction to the report.