The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch has maintained its ranking as the beautiful bride for candidates in NBA Elections, grossing 10,640 of the 59,393 eligible voters for the NBA 2022 Elections. The branch added 3,918 more voters to its 6,722 tally in the 2020 elections.
Meanwhile, barring any hitches, some of the candidates in the ongoing election are deemed already elected. These include incumbent NBA 1st Vice President, Mr. John Aikpokpo-Martins; incumbent NBA Welfare Secretary, Mr. Kunle Edun; Egbe Amofin O’odua chieftain, Prof. John Akintayo as well as Messrs Agbaga Dennis Ejakpovwere, Israel Solomon Lagbamue and Olalekan Idowu Oladapo.
The winners are all NBA Representatives to the General Council of the Bar (GCB, Western Zone) who are deemed automatically elected given that each zone must produce at least six NBA Representatives to the GCB. Only six persons filed nominations from the zone.
Aside from NBA Lagos Branch, Abuja Branch is another battleground for candidates, taking the second position on the log with 8,959 members on the voters list, up from 2,862 in year 2020.
Other branches with substantial members on the voters list are Ikeja Branch with 4,905 voters, up from 2,751 in 2020 and Port Harcourt Branch which jumped from 1,847 in 2020 to 3,297 voters, bringing up the Top Four branches that have remained dominant over the last four NBA Elections except in 2018 when Ikole Ekiti Branch sensationally upstaged Ikeja Branch to the third position. The branch posted a meagre 43 voters on the log this year as against its 917 tally during the 2018 NBA Elections.
Branches that also have significant members on the voters list include Ibadan Branch (1,863), Owerri Branch (1188), Enugu Branch (915), Ilorin Branch (814), Kano Branch (796), Asaba (736), Kaduna Branch (667), Onitsha Branch (665), and Yenagoa Branch (657). Others are Makurdi Branch with 591 voters, Aba Branch (567), Bwari Branch (518), and Minna Branch (421).
Among the lightweight branches on the voters list are Ogoja Branch with 60 voters, Offa Branch (55), Ikole Ekiti (43) and Maiduguri Branch (30).
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