Drama in Computer Village as Trustees sack CAPDAN President

Drama in Computer Village as Trustees sack CAPDAN President

Drama in Computer Village as Trustees sack CAPDAN President

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The Trustees of Computers and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) Thursday removed Ahmed Ojikutu as President of umbrella body of Nigeria’s largest technology market in an incident that witnessed plenty of drama.

Ojikutu was sacked by the Trustees of CAPDAN despite his insistence to remain in office ending weeks of crisis sparked by plans to remove him by the custodians of the market association.

It was a major face off Thursday morning at the CAPDAN Secretariat when Tola Ajigboro, Acting Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) of CAPDAN led a powerful team of members  including Tunji Balogun, Chairman of Brian Integrated Systems and Adenike Shittu, Managing Director Mojoy Computers, to inaugurate a five-member Caretaker Committee to run the association affairs over the next few months.

The inauguration of the Caretaker Committee followed the dissolution of CAPDAN executives after their two-year tenure that ended on July 26, this year, according to the Trustees.

Ojikutu was sacked by the Trustees of CAPDAN despite his insistence to remain in office ending weeks of crisis sparked by plans to remove him by the custodians of the market association.

 
Technology Times file photo shows Ahmed Ojikutu, the new president of CAPDAN seen in photo, speaking at an exclusive interview at Technology Times office in Lagos.

In a phone interview with Technology Times after the inauguration of the new Caretaker Committee, the embattled Ojikutu says he remains the President of CAPDAN describing the Trustees’ action as “laughable.” 

Yesterday, Ojikutu resisted the Trustees’ plan to inaugurate the Committee to take over the affairs of CAPDAN when he ordered heavily-armed policemen to take over the CAPDAN Secretariat, which he ordered to be kept under locks and keys.

When the Trustees arrived the CAPDAN Secretariat, there was a thick presence of fully armed police officers deployed by the embattled Ojikutu to stop the inauguration of the Caretaker Committee.

Rather than take laws into their hands, the CAPDAN Trustees also called in the Department of State Services (DSS) to provide access into the CAPDAN Secretariat and offer protection while the inauguration was successfully carried out.

Taking over: Photo shows Tola Adegboro, Acting Chairman of CAPDAN, on the right, reading names of new Caretaker Committee members and standing next to him is Tunji Balogun and other Trustees of the market association

Adegboro who inaugurated the caretaker committee says  the move is part of the association’s efforts to reinforce its belief in the democratic process of governance in the market.

Cheers  and faces  of disappointment erupted in the CAPDAN secretariat  as the acting Chairman formally announced names of the committee to run the association affairs for  the next few months

Pro- dissolution members however  burst into a rendering of victory songs some waving handkerchiefs , while  allies of Ahmed Ojikutu , who claims he has been the victim of a  coup d’etat, stood stony-faced.

The Caretaker Committee members include Tunde Aremu, Joke Sofowora, James Ordia, Juliet Ozioma Odiadi and Taiwo Kayode.

Technology Times learnt that Trustees decided to carry out the takeover of CAPDAN following a botched peace meeting held earlier Thursday morning with Ojikutu.

Adenike Shittu, MD Mojoy Computer 

A source at the meeting said that Ojikutu was offered the opportunity to have him honorably leave office with option to  recontest in the next election if he so desire to retain his position as the association constitution permits him to do so.

But Ojikutu who insisted that he must run his full three year tenure staged a dramatic walkout on the Trustees at the meeting and decided to engage the service of policemen to stop the inauguration of the Caretaker Committee billed to hold at the CAPDAN Secretariat.

Prior to the meeting, Ojukutu had earlier requested for the extension of his tenure by one year which the BoT declined citing that the CAPDAN Constitution only allows a two-year tenure.

Ojukutu’s request turned out to be a dramatic anticlimax to the major moral challenge when he decided to extend his tenure by  a year, based on his claim that an MoU was signed by some members of the association to that effect, a source told Technology Times.

A Trustee who spoke with Technology Times on condition of anonymity, said that the dissolution of the association’s executive was a fitting fall for an alleged arrogant leader at the helm of a political movement that had lost its way, focus and relevance.

Immediately after the inauguration exercise was conducted, about 20 members of the association headed straight to the office of Area commander of Area F Police station in Ikeja to make a case in which the Investigating police officer invited Ahmed Ojikutu to come say  his own part of the story. At the scene witnessed by Technology Times, Ojikutu claimed he is out of Lagos on a business trip.

Meanwhile when Technology Times contacted him on phone, Ojikutu says he remains the substantive President of the association and actions by  the BoT is against the constitution and hence “laughable.”

Meanwhile when Technology Times contacted him on phone, Ojikutu says he remains the substantive President of the association and actions by  the BoT is against the constitution and hence “laughable.”

A group of mobile phone technicians seen at Computer Village, Ikeja in Lagos

According to him, the BoT wants to impose leaders on them which is against the democratic process, while confirming that he had to engage the  police to stop the inauguration of the new caretaker committee which he describe as “mischievous and unconstitutional.”

When asked about his action to walk out on the BoT earlier in the day Ojikutu told Technology Times  that, ”Let me make it clear to you we don’t have a BoT because based on the constitution BoT comprises of seven members and as we speak they are not up to seven.

According to Ojikutu, ”I just decided to honour their invitation this morning because they are elders and I want to make them see reasons why we should follow due process. I never walked out on anyone. I left the meeting because I had an urgent call to pick and they assumed I walked out on them.”

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Comment(1)

  1. The senerio was a coup planned by unscrupulous elements that has no traceable business addresses in computer village. The trustees has failed in their responsibilities because they are ignorant of the Constitution and the rules and regulations that established them. They have failed to follow the due process and part of the law. The composition and the proposed inauguration of the caretaker committee is illegal and unconstitutional. The commissioner of police Lagos state has warn the trustees and anybody trying to cause a breach of peace in computer village to decist else he/she would be dealt with ROOTLESSLY. If they want to challenge the status-quo they should follow due process. The MOU was signed in 2016 before the SA to the governor, DG civic engagement and the executive secretary Ikeja local GOVERNMENT REMAIN VALID AND ENFORCEABLE. Please I would advise you follow your report until conclusion. Thanks God bless. 08030639826

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