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BME chair requests leave as HA faces court decision

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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The chair of BME National, Lara Oyedele, has seen her request for a leave of absence accepted.

Ms Oyedele is currently suspended from her role as chief executive of London social landlord Odu-Dua Housing Association and is involved in an ongoing dispute with the HA's board.

A court will decide which of two rival boards is Odu-Dua's legitimate one at a hearing in December.

The BME has said that it has accepted Ms Oyedele's request with regret. In a statement, the organisation praised her "excellent leadership, dedication and commitment to our objectives, in addressing and promoting the needs of BME communities".

The statement added: "The members of BME National would also like to take this opportunity to trust that the board and all those associated with Odu Dua HA act in the best interests of their tenants, staff and other stakeholders in any future decisions that they make in relation to the association going forward."

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