The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Nigeria held its 2021 A.G.M, Annual National Conference and National Council Elections on October 22nd and 23rd in Abuja, Nigeria.
The three in one event started on Friday with the Annual National Conference themed: Role of the National Transport Policy in Shaping the growth of the Transport Industry.
And the final lap of the event was the election of new executives to pilot the affairs of the institute. Registration for participation by certified cadres of members in the elections of the new council members was in person or virtually. The total accredited number of voters was 272 comprising 183 physical presence and 89 online.
But the actual number of voters that participated in Saturday’s election was 186 comprising of 137 physically cast votes and 49 online.
The build-up to the election unlike in other times, was engaging, reflecting the trappings of circular politics after Mfon Usoro, a former DG of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was screened and cleared to contest the coveted office. Her candidacy was challenged by co-contestants who alleged that she was not qualified to run for the election.
Mr. Alban Igwe, who until his decline was a candidate for the top office, had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to nullify her candidacy.
In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1217/2021, filed by their attorney, Felix Onolememen on Oct. 12, 2021, Igwe and his co-plaintiff, Alex Okosun, accused the outgoing leadership of the institute of plotting to manipulate the electoral process in Usoro’s favour.
Igwe later announced his withdrawal from the race in terse publicity online, while the matter was still pending in court.
“You will notice that in the last few weeks our dear institute has been hit up by campaigns and disagreements leading to litigation. A lot of conversations have been going on among the leading stakeholders and contestants leading to some concessions which have been done in the interest of the institute.
“I am by this release withdrawing my candidacy for the presidential race in support of Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro in the spirit of our collective purpose. I want to congratulate everyone who has shown support for any of the parties and I pray we shall be stronger together,” he commented.
And prior to this, he had earlier told newsmen in Owerri on Thursday that the race is becoming more political than professional, hence his withdrawal.
The contest for the office of the president was narrowed to a two-horse race between Mrs. Mfon Usoro and Mr. Igna Owums.
Mfon Usoro scored a total of 155 votes comprising 113 and 42 for in presence and online voting respectively. And having garnered 155 out of 186 casted and valid votes, representing 83%, she was declared the winner.
CILT is a leading international professional body for all sectors of the transport and logistics industry. CILT Nigeria provides professional training and regulates the practice and business of transport, logistics, and supply chain in the country.
CILT international with headquarter in the UK was founded under the Royal Charter of the Queen of England in the United Kingdom in 1919, while Nigeria was named its territorial headquarters in Africa in 1958.