Obi Okafor Queries KPMG’s Appointment

* Questions Mahmoud’s Power to Appoint Auditor

* Lists Issues Probe Must Tackle

Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential candidate, Chief Arthur Obi Okafor SAN has queried the authority of former NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud SAN to appoint an auditor for the just concluded National Officers Elections.

In a statement by the Team Lead for the Arthur Obi Okafor Campaign Directorate, Mr. Olumuyiwa Olowokore, Obi Okafor also observed that the terms of reference for the auditor remains shrouded in secrecy.

The campaign however listed issues which the auditor must deal with, adding that posterity will judge the association harshly if it fails to provide answers to the nagging questions.

The statement reads:

Dear Colleagues,

RE; NBA ELECTIONS
I understand a directive to appoint a post election auditor (KPMG) had been issued by the immediate Past President of the NBA (before he left office)in respect of the just concluded NBA elections. Whether he is the appropriate authority to make such an appointment is a conversation for another day.

We do not know what criteria was used to select KPMG so as to ensure its impartiality and indeed what the auditor’s terms of reference are.

But whatever the case I expect any post election audit to explain to the 1005 members in the attached list, how and why their email addresses were changed to the strange airmail.cc, firemail.cc and openmaibox.org domains just before the elections commenced without their consent and why nothing was done to rectify the situation before the conclusion of the election and announcement of results. I also expect any post election audit to disclose who changed these email addresses and in whose favour the access to vote delivered to these fake email addresses was exercised. Additionally I expect recommendations on how to prevent such a debacle ever happening in the history of the NBA again.

Similar instances of indiscriminate, unauthorized telephone number changes and regular domain email address changes also occurred . I expect elders, branch chairmen and members to demand answers.

This is no longer about any particular candidate it is about the very future and existence of NBA we demand answers

I have for ease of reference listed the members affected by the airmail.cc, firemail.cc and openmailbox.org email address substitution debacle on a branch by branch basis.

The attached list shows the names and branches of members affected on a branch by branch basis and includes the following;

Abuja 163 , Afikpo 34, Ahoada 14 , Bori 34 , Effurun 21, Ibadan 11, Ijebu Ode 29, Ikare Akoko 21, Isala Ngwa 11, Isiokpo 11, Lafia 17, Lagos 51, Oji River 21, Okutipupa 31, Okrika 19, Omoku 23, Oshogbo 11, Port Harcourt 32, Ugheli 92, Ungogo 124.

Full details can be gleaned from studying the attached list. Note that all figures, names and details are extracted from documents issued by ECNBA, I stand to be corrected on this assertion by those that have scornfully suggested that details produced by me have been fabricated or are a product of hacking the system.

Facts are sacred this debacle will not and cannot be swept under the carpet it must be dealt with full on or posterity will never forgive us.

O.O.Olowokure Esq
1st September 2018

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