A picture of the shape of electoral battle in the forthcoming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Elections will be unveiled today as the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) will today roll out letters to aspirants who crossed its screening hurdle in the run-up to the elections.
An impeccable source at ECNBA headquarters told CITY LAWYER that “All qualified candidates will get emails and notices today.”
This will assuage the palpable anxiety that has gripped many aspirants since the electoral committee started rolling out letters to alert disqualified aspirants of their fate. An unimpeachable source told CITY LAWYER that all the disqualified aspirants have been communicated by the electoral committee.
Most of the aspirants however told CITY LAWYER today that there were yet to hear from the electoral umpire regarding the screening exercise. They include NBA 1st Vice President, Mr. John Aikpokpo-Martins; an aspirant for the same position, Mr. Yakubu Bawa, and former NBA Assistant Publicity Secretary, Mr. Habeeb Akorede Lawal.
Others are former NBA 2nd Assistant Secretary, Chinyere Obasi; NBA Rapporteur, Anne Agi as well as Messrs Ede Asenoguan, Gerald Abonyi, Isaac Omuta Ogbah, Anthony Oseme, Maximus Ugwuoke, Oluwaseun Aka and Daniel Kip.
At least three of the disqualified aspirants including Messrs Ewenode William, Anthony Chukwurah and Abdussalam Mohammed Saleh have accepted their fate, saying they would not contest the ECNBA decision. While Mr. Finian Ndukwu has filed an appeal against his disqualification, it was unclear at press time whether Messrs Muhammad Idris Doko; outgoing NBA Ukwa Branch Chairman, Sir. Samuel Nwosu, and former NBA Sapele Branch Chairman, Mr. Promise Besinginwayemi Awolowo Ademi-Akpeto will contest their disqualification by the electoral umpire.
Some of the aspirants have taken to social media to express concern over the delay in informing them about their fate after the screening exercise, moreso coming on the heels of petitions against some aspirants.
The NBA Election holds on July 16, 2022.
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