The strident quest by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Publicity Secretary aspirant, Mr. Felix Ashimole (aka Che Oyinatumba) to participate in the forthcoming NBA Elections has finally been laid to rest by the NBA National Appeals Committee, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

In a decision obtained by CITY LAWYER, the Appeals Committee affirmed its positions in similar cases that the inability of the aspirant’s nominator to provide certain document dealt a fatal blow to his aspiration to join the NBA National Executive Council.

This lays to rest the controversy that has trailed Ashimole’s disqualification by the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA), as he argued that the committee had not determined his appeal, having not communicated its decision to him.

Said the Appeals Committee: “Since there was no evidence before this Committee by the Petitioner of attachment of payment receipt by Mr. Mohammed Iyorember Tsav of the 2021 Branch Dues, to the Appellant’s nomination form, which is a prerequisite for a valid nomination, the decision of the ECNBA to disqualify him was in order and validly made.”

Putting the matter beyond doubt, the Appeals Committee held: “Therefore, this appeal lacks merit and ought to be dismissed and it is accordingly dismissed.”

The decision was signed by Mrs. Olufunmilayo Roberts and Mr. Augustine Ajineh, the committee’s Chairman and Secretary respectively.

The NBA Elections hold on July 16, 2022.

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