Court upholds PMAN election, affirms Pretty Okafor as president

The National Industrial Court has upheld the national elections of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) held on October 24, 2023, which saw the emergence of Pretty Okafor as the President.

In a landmark ruling of January 18, 2024, the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos affirmed the legitimacy of Pretty Okafor’s leadership and denounced attempts by a group that sought to exploit an expired consent judgment of Suit No: NICN/LA/272/2015.

In his ruling, Justice M.N Esowe unequivocally stated that any defiance of the outstanding ruling constitutes contempt of the court of competent jurisdiction. The judgment solidified Okafor’s position as the rightful President of PMAN, ensuring stability and continuity in the association’s leadership.

In a statement, PMAN expressed its gratitude to the National Industrial Court for upholding justice and preserving the democratic process within the association. 

“The court’s intervention serves as a resolute stand against illegitimate actions that could compromise the integrity of the performing musicians’ community. Pretty Okafor remains committed to advancing the interests of performing musicians in Nigeria, and this ruling further reinforces the association’s dedication to upholding the rule of law,” the statement reads.

Established to foster a conducive environment for the growth and development of the Nigerian music industry, PMAN plays a crucial role in promoting the welfare of its members and ensuring the protection of their artistic endeavours.

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