OYOM Tussle: Court Affirms Edet Eyo as Legally Elected President

*as Victor Mkpofor congratulates new leadership

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The rumbling leadership tussle in Oro Youth Movement (OYOM) has been resolved in favour of the Edet Effiong Eyo’s led executives.

The judgement was delivered on Thursday, June 16, at the High Court of Justice, Oron.

The presiding judge, Honourable Justice Joy Unwana ruled that the election that produced the leadership of Edet Effiong Eyo was in line with the spirit of the organization’s constitution and could not be said to be invalid.

In the 52-minutes judgement, the jurist agreed with the claim of the pletiffs that the National Executive Council was the highest decision and policy making body of the organization.

She however argued that the body’s constitution was clear on the tenure of office with a period of three years, which could be renewed for second term.

She said the crisis which prompted the National Executive Council to pass a resolution extending their tenure, should have been approved by the General Assembly.

Comrade Victor Mkpofor

She further opined that failure to communicate such resolutions for approval by General Assembly, invalidated the said resolution.

Referring to plethora of tendered evidences and relevant sections of the Oro Youth Movement’s Constitution, Justice Unwana maintained that members of the organization had the right to rise and cause the conduct of the election to constitute a new national executive council.

Denying the pleas of the plentiffs, the judge who dismissed the substantive suit, affirmed the leadership of Edet Effiong Eyo as the new president of the organization.

Meanwhile, the former president, Comrade Victor Mkpofor has congratulated the Mr Edet Eyo on his affirmation by the court as the new leader of OYOM.

Victor Mkpofor and other clemants who were all smiles after judgement, told Mr Eyo that “in life, one does not win every battle”.

Mkpofor told the press that since he was elected president of the body in 2015, there have been ceaseless leadership battles which have hampered his vision in giving required leadership to the movement.

“As you may already know, my leadership has faced the greatest level of litigations. We have won all of them except this one.

“You can recall that in February 2020, a judgement of the same court affirmed my leadership of the group.

“We were preparing for restructuring of the organization when I had that accident that kept me on ground for 10 months.

Victor Mkpofor however called on Edet Eyo to run the movement in line with its norms and mission statement.

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