PRESS RELEASE PMAN 26-8-15 Against the backdrop of the storyline titled “labour minister to resolve PMAN Leadership crisis”
we are compelled to react and place the facts on record with a view to correct the impression being portrayed to members of the public by the misleading story. That the consent judgement establishing the current interim national executive caretaker committee of the performing musicians employers’ associations of Nigeria (pman) in a suit no FHC/L/CS/919/2012 delivered by hon. Justice o. e. abang of the federal high court, Lagos division on the 31st October, 2014 stands and subsisting until set aside or vacated.
That the applicants in the suit no NICN/LA/272/2015 pending at the national industrial court of Nigeria (NICN) is yet to be heard and determined which proceedings are expected to be commenced as soon as the court resume after their vacation accordingly.
That the case is seeking among other things, a restraining order against the following Registrar of the Trade Unions of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Kelvin Luciano Gabriel, Orits Williki, Dr. Tee Mac Itseli, Ital Bony, Kabiru Kahinde, Charles Imoloame, George Lureke, Frank Irabor, Chris Mba, Richard Cole, Adeola Levite, Papa Laty, Samson Nwachuwu, Omas Lance Perry, Ade samson, Sony Neme, Alhaji M.A. Sodik, Murphy Van Anthony either by themselves, their privies and cohorts, the self-styled peace initiative from acting in any way or attempt to undermine the lawful administration of PMAN, or parading themselves whatsoever as legal representative of PMAN, or PMAN electoral committee, do or say anything that will further affect or interfere with the management and general administration of PMAN in whatever capacity henceforth.
It is our strong belief that nobody is or should be above the law, in the light of the foregoing as law abiding people, we stand by our judgement and other pending court processing and shall follow same to logical conclusion and for the avoidance of doubt, we are not averse to peace and settlement of the matter, legal option appears to be most reliable at this juncture that justice will not only be done but must be seeing as being done once and for all. We hereby wish to assure our numerous members, associates, business partners and consultants that the current interim national executive care taker committee under the able leadership of Mr. Pretty okafor as president is standing on a sound legal footing as this is the only product of legitimate succession order in PMAN history until proven otherwise. We therefore implore all concerned to eschew bitterness and order and embrace peace and order by enrolling into the current biometric identification card scheme for membership as it portends great future for our union, the music industry and the nation Nigeria in general.
We shall continue to carry out our duties and functions as stipulated in the PMAN Constitution and also in the court judgement which has mandated us to deliver a New National Executive of PMAN at the expiration of the 18 month tenure.
DR. KENNY A. GEORGE