ZONING: OJO REPLIES ECNBA, SAYS ‘I’VE WARNED IN ADVANCE’
Fiery senior lawyer and former Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Constitution Review Committee, Mr. Olasupo Ojo has reacted to the response of the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) to his enquiry on the NBA Constitution, saying that it was designed as an “advance warning signal” to the electoral body.
Speaking with CITY LAWYER in reaction to the ECNBA response, Ojo said that he is “satisfied that I brought the issue raised in my letter to the attention of the ECNBA to alert them and give them advance warning signal and assist the Committee in the discharge of their onerous functions bearing in mind the negative history of NBA elections.”
Continuing, Ojo said he was “satisfied with the assurance given by the ECNBA” as contained in their reply to his letter “especially their comforting undertaking as men and women of integrity” to the effect “that the ECNBA will administer the applicable rules fairly and firmly at all times”.
According to the senior lawyer, “I believe they already have notice of the issues raised in my letter and will avoid the identified pitfall by all means. This is the best assistance all of us stakeholders can render to the ECNBA in all sincerity.
“I appreciate the ECNBA for their prompt reply which further confirms their awareness that stakeholders are watching every step they take as they proceed with the daunting task. I shall keep watching because vigilance is the price of liberty. I wish the ECNBA success.”
CITY LAWYER had in an exclusive report unveiled ECNBA’s response to Ojo enquiry which many observers of NBA politics believe is targeted at the zoning of NBA offices. Some observers believe that a strict interpretation of the NBA Constitution may weed out some leading NBA presidential aspirants, leaving former NBA presidential candidate, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN as the sole candidate.
The ECNBA has respected Bar Leader, Mr. Richard Akintunde SAN as Chairman. Other members are Ms. Mabel Ekeke (Secretary); former chairman of the board of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu; former NBA Treasurer, Aisha Ado-Abdulahi and ICT expert, Mr. Basil Udotai.
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