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STATEMENT ON NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION BRANCH ELECTIONS DISPUTES: NBA PRESIDENT CONSTITUTES BRANCH ELECTIONS MONITORING COMMITTEE

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, OON SAN expresses great concerns over incessant disputes emanating from some NBA Branches over elections into various offices.

The NBA President, being concerned with the need to decisively address this development before it escalates further, has set up Branch Elections Monitoring Committee (BEMC) in accordance with the three (3) zones as recognized by the NBA Constitution 2015. The members of the committee are as follows:

EASTERN ZONE
1. Victor Omubo Frank- Briggs
2. Rapiluchukwu Ernest Nduka
3. Chidi Onyuike
4. Mrs. Cordelia Ichie
5. Ekere Eshiet

NORTHERN ZONE
1. Reuben James
2. Murtala Kankia
3. Danlami Hassan Garba
4. Jim Gotom
5. Aisha Mohammed

WESTERN ZONE
1. Debo Oduguwa
2. Adekunle Adetowubo
3. Benson Aderosin
4. Felix Ogunmade
5. Osehon Irehovbude

Consequently, all NBA branches that are engulfed in elections related disputes are hereby directed to suspend further preparations towards its elections pending the final determination of all issues arising from the petitions received by aggrieved members by Branch Election Monitoring Committees (BEMC). The Committees are given SEVEN (7) DAYS from today to submit its report to the NBA.

The President enjoins all Electoral Committees of the various NBA Branches including but not limited to under listed branches to adhere strictly to this directive in the interest of the Bar:

• Badagry
• Ikorodu
• Oturkpo
• Isiokpo
• Owerri
• Warri
• Bwari
• Gusau
• Ikeja
• Nnewi

The NBA President enjoins all members to kindly cooperate fully with the Branch Election Monitoring Committee.

The NBA congratulates the members of the Committees and urges them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on this new assignment to assist the Nigerian Bar Association to achieve its set objectives.

Thank you.

Dated 6th of June 2018

Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju
General Secretary, NBA

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