The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has vowed that it will determine the petition by embattled Bar aspirant, Mr. Kayode Bello against Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential aspirant, Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau SAN on merit.

In a response to Bello titled “Re: Petition Against Y.C. Maikyau as NBA Aspirant,” the electoral committee acknowledged receipt of the original petition and addendum and assured the petitioner that justice would be done.

In the email dated May 8, 2022 and sent via the electoral committee’s verified email address at, the ECNBA also hinted that it would obtain a written response from Maikyau before delivering its decision on the matter.

Signed by its Secretary, Mabel Ekeke, the ECNBA wrote: “Your petitions are duly noted. The ECNBA will consider and determine its merit(s) after reviewing the written submission from the aspirants(sic) in response to the said petitions.”

It is recalled that Bello had through the petition urged the electoral committee to bar Maikyau from taking part in the NBA presidential poll. His words: “It is hereby prayed that Mr. Y.C. Maikyau, an aspirant for the NBA election, 2022, be screened properly based on the foregoing and his candidacy be suspended based on the doctrine of necessity to ensure sanctity and sanity of the noble legal profession. And that the ECNBA should do that which is appropriate and or necessary to sustain and maintain the nobleness of the legal profession.”
Maikyau, a frontline presidential aspirant, declined comment on the matter when CITY LAWYER contacted him, saying that the petition was not addressed to him. “Why should I respond?” he asked. He however expressed readiness to respond to the petition if asked to do so by the electoral umpire.

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