The Enugu branch of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) is pleased to announce her maiden annual lecture themed, “The place of Mediation (ADR) in the resolution of Electoral Disputes: 2019 General Elections in Perspective”.
The Chairman of the branch, Hon. Uche Cyril Anioke, FICMC, stated that the theme was chosen to address the electoral disputes that have arisen in the wake of the Nigerian 2019 general elections. He went further to state that as an Institute, we believe that Mediation can be used for the amicable settlement of post-election disputes, and the Enugu branch intends to sensitize the public on this matter through this lecture.
Mediation as a tool for resolving pre and post election disputes only
The programme will be graced with the presence of the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the Special Guest of Honour. The Chairman of the Occasion is Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze, Honourable Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Also, in attendance is His Excellency, Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agbuzu, the Chairman of the Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, who will honour the branch as the Royal father of the Day. The Key Note Speech will be delivered by an erudite scholar and professor of Law of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University; Prof. Offornze Amucheazi, SAN, FICMC, FCIArb (UK).
Hon. Uche Anioke, who also serves as the Chair of the ICMC 20th Anniversary Planning Committee, stated that this lecture is just a prelude to the Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations scheduled to hold on the 3rd of December, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
In attendance will be prominent traditional rulers, Chairpersons of political parties, town union executives and other political actors, who will interrogate the issues surrounding the post-election crises plaguing our nation. According to Dr. Eric Oluedo, FICMC, Chairman of the Planning Committee, the expected outcome of the 2019 ICMC Enugu branch Maiden Annual Lecture is the establishment of the Enugu State PEACE BUILDERS.
Dr. Oluedo stated that this body, if approved, will identify the common causes of conflicts and disputes in the electoral space; advocate for peaceful primary and general elections; offer advice on how best to prevent electoral disputes and; in the event of disputes arising, attempting the resolution of same using Mediation.
Chief Emeka J.P. Obegolu, FICMC, FCIArb (UK), President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, as well as the Chief Host of the event, urges other branches of the Institute to follow in the footsteps of the Enugu branch in sensitizing the public on the benefits of using Mediation for the resolution of pre and post-election disputes.