By Endurance Onun:
President of the Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) Alumni Association, Comr. Eyam Abeng has reacted to the Court Order contained in a motion ex-parte dated 9th October 2019 which restricted him from functioning as President of the said association for reasons that his tenure had, as at 12th December 2017, elapsed.
Comr. Abeng, in a press statement signed by his Spokesperson, Mr. Okan Peter described the event as “a display of desperation for power”, stating that some of the claimants of this said court suit are “aspirants who are afraid of losing in the union’s forthcoming elections” billed to take place on 7th December, this year.
According to Abeng, “the association’s constitution is clear in Article 5, Section 1 Sub-section C which states that ‘the tenure of the office of each elected officer shall be subjected to a maximum of two(2) tenures of four (4) years each upon performances.” This means that NEC 4years term expires on the 12th day of December, 2019 and not 2017 as claimed”.
Regretting the consequences of the court order in the union, Abeng said “it is rather unfortunate that such act is meted on an Association that has built a long standing reputation with unity of purpose in this election season”.
The incumbent president went on to condemn the initiative of taking the union to court whereas all internal dispute resolution mechanisms were yet to be fully utilized.
“While we condemn in the strongest terms this uncultured act of taking the association to court without exhausting internal mechanism for dispute resolutions, the leadership of the Association appeals to all members of the Association, especially the supporters and teaming members of the progressives to remain calm, law abiding as usual as efforts are being made to approach the court with the true position of the facts and law.
“Finally, we encourage all stakeholders to bear with us as the matter before the court will be sorted out in no distant future and the association will be more unified,” Eyam Abeng.