Ms Abiola Akiyode- Afolabi on Saturday emerged as the new chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) after the group’s election saw her returned unopposed to replace Alhaji Ibrahim Zikirullahi who has been TMG Chairman since 2012. Alhaji Zikirullahi was ineligible for election after serving his maximum two tenures. He was first elected in 2012 and reelected in 2014 to serve out his second two year tenure. The election was conducted two days after an Abuja high court threw out a preliminary objection suit by some aggrieved members seeking to halt the organisation’s annual general meeting. Justice Adeniyi Ademola however, dismissed the application for lack of merit.
The Transition Monitoring Group is a coalition of about 400 civil society groups. 10 other board members were also elected to fill board positions to assist Ms Afolabi to run the TMG. Ms Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi until her election was the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre. A civil society group that specializes in women advocacy and rights issues. TMG’s spokesperson, Armsfree Ajanaku told newsmen that the persons elected to the Board were drawn from different sections of the country to reflect the nation’s diversity. According to Md Ajansku, members of the new board will be sworn into office at the TMG National Secretariat in Abuja on August 22nd.