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AON Election aftermath: Cracks emerge as members allege possible split

YESTERDAY’S elections of new executives of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) took the industry by storm after months of delay occasioned by​ discontentment of procedures within the ranks of the group, but until the group get its act together and rectify what some members describe as anomalies, the chasm within the group would grow.

Last night, the AON elected Alh. Dr Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina as the New Chairman, with Barrister Allen Onyema as his Vice Chairman taking over from Captain Nogie Meggison who ran the affairs of the group.

Nigerianflightdeck, spoke to Chairman of West Link Airlines, Captain Ibrahim K. Mshelia who says he was made aware there would be this election yesterday. But he was not in attendance and therefore did not participate.

When asked why he did not participate. He said: “I am bereaved now. We lost our most beloved Royal Father who was very close to me like my father. I was home to console my people and came back last Night.

“Secondly, even if I was next door to the event, I would not have participated because not all members were invited to the AGM and I am not convinced yet why they exempted some members for an AGM. But yes, West Link was invited to the meeting alright.

But I had asked the Managing Director not to attend nor send delegation if he finds out that not every member was invited.

“I was in the village and was told he did not attend. Confirming to me that not all but the selected members only were invited to an AGM that we all knew an election was to be held.

“I will always stand with truth and justice. In my opinion, what has been happening in AON since the meeting of 5th February, fell way below my expectation of fairness, truth, equity and justice. I fought hard and tried to get us to address the issues fairly and squarely before we proceeded with election. All that fell on deaf ears it would now appear.

“Now that they have held the AGM with some members; left out some other members and went ahead to elect executives for AON as I have now heard. The question on my mind now before I find the right moment to ask it is; have they now split AON? If they have, into how many, and where do they put the invited and those not invited?”

What has been going on since 5th February has been very disappointing and upsetting to many members including some founding members whom I also gathered were not invited. Hmmmmm!

“What’s been going on since our 5th February 2020 meeting where so many decisions were taken but yet to be ratified is better kept in-house to AON because I feel so embarrassed personally at some of the actions,” he concluded.

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