The Nigerian Bar Association Branch Election Appeals Committee (East) has disqualified NBA Port Harcourt chairmanship aspirant, Mr. Viktor Benebo, paving the way for his erstwhile opponent, Mr. Romeo Isokariari to emerge unopposed as the branch chairman.
In a decision obtained by CITY LAWYER, the 9-member Nnenna Uko-led Appeals Committee upheld the contention of Isokariari that Benebo and his supporters carried out a campaign of calumny against him, saying: “It is the decision of this Appeals committee that the respondent Victor Benebo is hereby disqualified from contesting for the post of Chairman Port-Harcourt branch.
“The branch Electoral committee is hereby directed to remove the name of Victor Benebo on the list of those qualified to contest as chairman.”
The committee held that “The unpalatable bullying through a campaign of calumny was linked to the respondent and his supporters and so it would be a disservice to the association to allow such odious precedent to show up in our Association without calling it out fully.”
According to the Appeals Committee, “The Appeals Committee frowns at the campaign of calumny carried out against the petitioner. This attitude does not represent the noble ideals of the Nigerian Bar Association. Every member or aspirant to serve in an elective position has the right to be heard or considered without damaging their reputation or robbing them of their self-respect.”
It also threw out the decision of the Branch Electoral Committee which held that Isokariari’s petition was time barred.
Below is the full text of the decision.
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