The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) amended Constitution has been approved by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.
CITY LAWYER had yesterday reported serious disquiet within legal circles regarding the delay in registration of the amended constitution with the CAC.
NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata had however told CITY LAWYER that there was no cause for concern, assuring that the amended constitution would be approved in a matter of days.
Asked by CITY LAWYER to confirm feelers from unimpeachable sources that the amended constitution has now been approved by the CAC, Akpata said: “Confirmed.”
A copy of the approved constitution sighted by CITY LAWYER showed that it was adjusted to reflect the petition by former Secretary to the NBA Constitution Review Committee, Mr. Olasupo Ojo who urged the CAC to refuse registration of the amended constitution.
The 92-page approved amended constitution is now titled, “The Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association 2015 (as amended in 2021.”
NBA political watchers believe that the CAC approval now gives the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) a clear roadmap to go full blast with its preparations for the forthcoming National Officers Election, thus clearing the haze over the legal regime for the all-important election.
CITY LAWYER recalls that Ojo had petitioned the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), urging it to decline registration of the amended NBA Constitution. In the letter titled “NOTICE OF OBJECTION TO REPEAL OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION, 2015 (AS AMENDED IN 2019), Ojo argued that the NBA “duly adopted and passed the resolution to amend the Extant Constitution at the 2021 Annual General Meeting,” adding that “Contrary to the foregoing state of fact and resolutions of the AGM, it now appears that the NBA had inadvertently inserted the following into the proposed NBA Constitution 2021 which purports to now repeal the extant Constitution:
i. Insertion of Sections 28 and 29 which purports to Repeal the Extant Constitution.
ii. Insertion of a Cover which reads: Nigeria Bar Association Constitution 2021.”
Ojo could not be reached at press time for comments.
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