By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on Thursday rejected the purported “illegal dissolution of the Oyo SWAN Executive” by the SWAN National President Honour Sirawoo.
Oyo SWAN in communique jointly signed by Adewale Tijani, Samson Akindele, Ayo Ademokoya and Tunde Ogunesan issued at the end of its Emergency Congress accused the SWAN President of operating dictatorial style of leadership.
“The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State Chapter at the end of its Emergency Congress held on Thursday 11th October 2018. Members of the Association met at the extraordinary meeting to discuss and agreed as follows: The Oyo SWAN Congress condemned the dictatorial style of the SWAN National President Honour Sirawoo. The congress rejected the illegal dissolution of the Oyo SWAN Executive”. it added.
Oyo SWAN added ” that the National President, Honour Sirawoo, has no constitutional power to replace a duly elected Oyo Executive with an illegally appointed Caretaker Committee.”
“Oyo rejected the Caretaker Committee created by Mr. Honour Sirawoo and declared it illegal, unacceptable and anti – progress.
The Congress gave Oyo SWAN members, appointed into the unacceptable Caretaker Committee, 24 hours to publicly dissociate themselves from the illegality, called caretaker committee or risk being severely sanctioned according to constitution of SWAN”.
The Congress warned in the communique that “the illegal Caretakers” to stay away from SWAN office and any of its property or face the wrath of the Association and that he Congress ” passed a vote of no-confidence on the SWAN National President, Honour Sirawoo and the NEC, and also declared Mr. Honour Sirawoo and his NEC members personal non grata.”
Condemning the alleged forced resignation of Mr. Wale Alabi as SWAN Secretary General and the illegal suspension of the SWAN Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Wale Joseph. the Oyo SWAN Congress expressed their total support for Mr. Niyi Alebiosu – led Oyo SWAN Executive Council in their opposition to SWAN NEC over the arbitrary and illegal removal of the two national officers from SWAN NEC.
The Oyo SWAN Congress while enjoining the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oyo State Chapter, as the parent body of SWAN, to make its position on the crisis known to the public affirmed that “Oyo SWAN remains a united, undivided and indivisible entity under the constitutions of SWAN and NUJ and that we shall resist any attempt to employ divide and rule gimmicks to take control of our collective psyche under any guise.”