The 2022 NBA Election Appeals Committee (NBA-NEAC)  has vowed that no elected candidate from the recent NBA Elections would be sworn in until it has decided any petition against the elected officer.

The NBA-NEAC stated this in its Guidelines for filing petitions on the elections.

According to the Committee, “The decision of the NBA-NEAC shall be rendered, and notified in writing to the Petitioner and the Respondents, before the swearing-in of the elected National Officers or before the
Representatives of the Association in the General Council of the Bar takes office.”

NBA-NEAC however stated that “whenever the circumstances dictate, the Committee may reserve its right to defer giving the full reasons for its decision to a later date.”

The statement reads: “As you already know, the election into the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the General Council of the Bar (GCB), took place on Saturday, the 16th day of July 2022. The result of the election was consequently announced on Sunday, the 17th day of July 2022.

“In line with the provisions of Section 14(1)(L) of the NBA Constitution 2015 (as amended in 2021), the NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata had set up the 2022 NBA Election Appeals Committee (NBA-NEAC) with the mandate to amongst other responsibilities, receive and determine complaints and disputes (Petition) from candidates who took part in the elections of National Officers and Representatives of the NBA in the GCB.

“It is expected that a Petitioner shall send his/her Petition with supporting documents to NBA-NEAC by email to electionappeal@nigerianbar.org.ng within Ten (10) days of the announcement of the election results by the ECNBA.”

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