The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has responded to the enquiry by fiery senior lawyer, Mr. Olasupo Ojo seeking clarification on the zoning of NBA offices in the forthcoming National Officers Election.
In a letter obtained by CITY LAWYER and dated 1st February, 2022, the Committee declined the query posed by Ojo, pleading that “The duties of the ECNBA are governed by the statutory instruments of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and does not, regrettably at the moment, extend to providing advisory opinions.”
The Committee in the letter signed by Mr. Richard Akintunde SAN and Ms. Mabel Ekeke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, however assured Ojo that it would “administer the applicable rules fairly and firmly at all times.”
CITY LAWYER had reported that Ojo sought a clarification from the ECNBA on the import of section 9(3) of the NBA Constitution and paragraphs 2.2(b) & 2.2(d) of the Second Schedule on the 2022 NBA National Officers’ Election.
Watchers of NBA politics believe that an interpretation of the provisions may lead to the disqualification of two leading presidential aspirants for the 2022 NBA poll, namely Messrs Yakubu Maikyau SAN and Jonathan Taidi, leaving the coast clear for another presidential aspirant, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN.
Below is the full text of the letter to Ojo.
Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association email@example.com
1st February 2022
Olasupo Ojo, Esq
No. 4 Nurudeen Street
Sent by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear. Mr. Ojo,
RE: YOUR ENQUIRY AS TO THE IMPORT OF SECTION 9(3) OF THE NBA CONSTITUTION AND PARAGRAPHS 2.2(B) & 2.2(D) OF THE SECOND SCHEDULE ON THE 2022 NBA NATIONAL OFFICERS’ ELECTION
We thank you for your letter, Ref: OO/ECNBA/ABJ/ECNBA/02/22 of the 25th January 2022 in respect of the above.
The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has carefully reviewed the contents of your letter and note your request. The duties of the ECNBA are governed by the statutory instruments of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and does not, regrettably at the moment, extend to providing advisory opinions.
You can nevertheless be rest assured that the ECNBA will administer the applicable rules fairly and firmly at all times. We thank you once again for your continuing interest in the work of the ECNBA.
All our very best.
Ayodele Akintunde, SAN, C.Arb Mabel Ekeke
Chairman, ECNBA Secretary, ECNBA
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