He made the disclosure during the failed election of the Kaduna State chapter of the association slated for Thursday at the National Livestock Institute, Mando, Kaduna.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the election was postponed due to inability of some members to fulfill certain criteria for election as guided by the association’s constitution.
Kabiru represented by the Assistant National Public Relations Officer of the association, Salisu Muktar, said the postponement of the election was in line with the association’s constitutional provisions.
He said the election was postponed due to the fact that: “Most of the members have not registered with the association to become bonafide members.
“For anybody to become a bonafide member, he or she needs to pay N1,000 through the state chairman, who will then compile the list of those who paid and send same to AFAN headquarters, Abuja.
“The AFAN national headquarters will process and provide them with identity cards, this will qualify them to become bonafide members,” he said.
He said the present AFAN chairman in the state would remain the interim chairman while they await further instruction from Abuja, adding that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) had the powers to dissolve the state exco.
“Going by the provision of our constitution, the electoral body has no powers whatsoever to dissolve the state executive, this is the sole responsibility of NEC after such case is deliberated in the meeting.
“Therefore, Nuhu Aminu remained the AFAN Chairman in Kaduna State until NEC meets, the NEC will meet and decide on the issue later,” he assured.
Speaking on behalf of Electoral Committee, Abdur-Rashid Magaji-Rimingado said they were in Kaduna to conduct election, saying that the election was guided by the provision of the association’s constitution.
He said guidelines for state elections provided that AFAN would produce five delegates from each local government, while other farmers’ associations would produce two delegates per local government and outgoing state executive members were also eligible to vote.
According to him, these are the category of people eligible to vote after they are screened by the committee to ensure that each one of them is a bonafide member of AFAN.
He said since most of the members did not meet the requirement, the electoral body had no option than to postpone the election and dissolve the state executive.
Responding, the AFAN Chairman in Kaduna State and one of the contestants, however, argued that the electoral committee had no constitutional powers to dissolve the state exco.
“The function of the electoral body is just to conduct election and in the event that the election could not hold, their duty is just to write a report to the national headquarters.
“It is only the national headquarters that has the constitutional powers to dissolve the state executive.
“In view of this, I am appealing to all our members to remain calm while we await further decision of the national body. All we need is justice for all, nothing else.
“I want each of us to bear in mind that power only comes from God Almighty and God has already decided who will be the next chairman, let us learn to accept the will of God in good faith,” Aminu advised.
On his part, the other contestant, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir-Salihu said the electoral body came with a very good strategy to ensure free and fair election.
Kabir-Salihu, who is also the Chairman, Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN) said he was in support of the dissolution of the state executive, saying that it would bring sanity in running the affairs of the association.
He commended the electoral body for taking what he described as a bold decision, assuring that he and his supporters were ready to support the in-coming caretaker committee to be inaugurated later.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the two contestants have been trading blame on each other as regards the postponement of the election.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye