Former President and Member, Board of Trustees of the Balogun Business Association, BBA, located at the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, Chief Tony Obih, has called on genuine traders and Businesses operating in their market , to disregard the purported elections illegally conducted today, at the Villa park Gardens, by Chief Okey Ezeibe.
Chief Obih, who carpeted the purported elections, stated that it was illegal, null and void , as the life span of the legal Caretaker Committee was still subsisting until June 31, pending BBA’s legally planned elections in July, 2021.
This is even as a Federal High Court sitting before Justice I.E. Ekwo in Abuja, the federal capital territory, was said to have barred the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC from expunging the names of the Incorporated Trustees of Balogun Business Association, Chiefs Tony Obih, Jonathan Okpala, Balogun John Ezeako, Nicholas Okeke and Hon. (Chief) Anslem Dunu ,Business; all registered trustees of BBA.
The court also barred the factional group led by one Chief Okey Ezeibe from conducting any election into elective positions in defiance to the existing Caretaker Committee and or disregarding the committee in the discharge of it’s statutory functions pending such time when the atmosphere was clear for the conduct of election by the caretaker committee .
The order of the court followed an action brought to it by barrister John Duru, counsel to the Applicants in suit N0 FHC/ABJ/CS/451/2021 praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction (certoriari) barring the CAC from taking such action of expunging their names from the certificate of incorporation.
In a motion experte, the court, granted the leave of the Applicants stopping the CAC hereinafter referred to as Respondent from carrying out the action including further interference in the affairs of the BBA.
Meanwhile, Police department at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Alagbon, Lagos, was said to have wielded into the crisis that has bedeviled the hitherto peaceful Market.
It was learnt that a private detective (names withheld) , took the initiative to petition the Police authorities, to avert imminent threat to peace and possible break down of law and order in the market..