The National Industrial Court, Ibadan, has united all the so-called factions of the Performing Musicians’ Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) under the Presidency of Mr. Pretty Okafor.
Delivering judgment in a suit brought by Comrade Obi Okwudili Casmir’s (Uncle P) faction of the Association, the National Industrial Court (NIC), presided over by Honourable Justice J. D. Peters, the court ordered that activities of PMAN should not be interfered or tampered with by anyone or group of persons acting in whatever guise during the pendency of the regime from 6th February 2020 to 5th February 2024 and that Pretty Okafor and the NWC should manage the affairs of PMAN for the next four years. The judgment further affirmed the judgment of Honourable Justice Ogunbowale handed down on 6th February 2020.
Deciding on the issues tabled for determination by parties, the court analysed and declared that theJudgment of Justice Opeloye A. Ogunbowale, dated 6th February 2020 in Suit No. NICN/IB/90/2019 between Sunny Neji & 7 Ors vs. Mr. Pretty Okafor & Anor was not given under fraud and deceit, mistaken of fact, misrepresentation or non-disclosure of facts, without proper authority and is not liable to and cannot therefore be set aside not being a nullity.
That Suit No. NICN/IB/90/2019 between Sunny Neji & 7 Ors vs. Mr. Pretty Okafor & Anor does not in any way constitute an abuse of court process.
That Comrade Obi Casmir (Uncle P) and other claimants in the suit do not have the locus standi (legal right) to set aside the consent judgment in Suit No. NICN/IB/90/2019 between Sunny Neji & 7 Ors vs. Mr. Pretty Okafor & Anor.
The Court went also dismissed all the reliefs sought by the claimants for being unmeritorious.
Having dealt with the case of the Claimants (Obi Casmir and others), the Honourable Justice Peters went on to consider and decide the Counter-claim brought by Sunny Neji and 8 others and declared as follows:
That Pretty Okafor and other 10 persons named in the Consent Judgment in Suit No. NICN/IB/90/2019 between Sunny Neji & 7 Ors vs. Mr. Pretty Okafor & Anor are judicially empowered to constitute the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and shall have the power to direct, run and lead PMAN at the National level and to have supervisory power on PMAN’s State Chapters all over Nigeria for the period of four (4) years from the 6th day of February, 2020 to the 5th day of February, 2024
That the Counter-Claimants’ (Pretty Okafor’s NWC) right to the management/leadership of PMAN cannot be interfered with by the Defendants to the Counter-Claim (Uncle P’s group) or any other persons whether named in the judgment or not during the subsistence of the extant Consent Judgment delivered by Honourable Justice Opeloye A. Ogunbowale on 6th day of February 2020.
That Mr. Pretty Okafor and his 8-member team are judicially empowered to make up the NWC of PMAN immediately with the power to direct, run and lead the PMAN at the National level and to have supervisory power on PMAN’s State Chapters all over Nigeria.
That from 6/2/2020, the effective date of the Consent Judgment of Ogunbowale J, of the National Industrial Court, any National Working Committee of PMAN whether at the National or State level stood dissolved and the Defendants to the Counter-Claim (Uncle P and others) or any person holding himself/herself as the National President of PMAN, whether named or not ceased to hold themselves out as such.
That the Defendants to the Counter-claim (Uncle P and others) or any other persons are perpetually restrained from parading themselves as President or members of the National Working Committee of PMAN.
The Judge advised“all parties involved in the PMAN crisis are all members of the Association and are important stakeholders who are desirous of peace in and progress of the PMAN so that it can take its rightful place in the entertainment industry in this country. That being the case, the Consent Judgment of Ogunbowale J of 6/2/2020 provides the ample opportunity for all the stakeholders in PMAN to commence the journey of a new beginning.