Embattled Bar aspirant, Mr. Kayode Bello has written a petition to the Electoral Committee of the NBA urging it to disqualify Mr. Felix Ashimole (aka Che Oyinatumba) from contesting the forthcoming NBA Elections.

In a petition addressed to the ECNBA Secretary and copied to CITY LAWYER, the petitioner alleged that the NBA Publicity Secretary aspirant “has violated the above section of the NBA Constitution,” in reference to Section 9 (4) (b) of the NBA 2021 Constitution (as amended).

Titled “Petition to disqualify Mr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Ashimole as NBA aspirant/candidate in the forthcoming NBA election,” the petition was sent to the electoral committee via electronic mail.

He recalled the grounds for disqualification from holding any National Office, adding that a member “shall not be qualified to hold any national office in the Association if during election campaigns: (b) He/she sponsors or is associated with sponsoring a Newspaper or Magazine article or any electronic broadcast, vilifying other candidates or extolling a candidate’s virtues.”

Giving the particulars of alleged breaches by the aspirant, Bello stated that “Mr. Felix Chukwuma Ashimole operates uses and operates WhatsApp group and a website ( as electronic broadcast media to promote the candidacy of Mr. Y. C. Maikyau, an NBA Presidential Aspirant/candidate, whom I have petitioned against, during these 2022 NBA elections/election processes.”

Continuing, he alleged that “Mr. Felix Chukwuma has also belittled other candidate(s) in his electronic broadcast.

“Hence, it is hereby prayed that the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association should disqualify Mr. Felix Chukwuma from holding any national office in the Association for such constitutional infractions.

“Kindly find attached screenshots of infractions by Mr. Felix Chukwuma.”

Asked whether the electoral committee had communicated him on the petition, Ashimole queried: “Why should they? A petition by a non-lawyer!”

The petition was copied to “Mr. Gadzama, NBA Presidential Aspirant;” “Mr. Laidi, NBA presidential Aspirant;” the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC), the United States Embassy and the United Nations Human Rights Council.


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