The last hurdle on the path of Nigerian Bar Association President-elect, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN being sworn-in as the next NBA President has been cleared, with the winding up of the appeals process.
CITY LAWYER recalls that Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN, who was declared runner-up in the elections, had queried the outcome of the election, though he vowed not to file any petition unless the NBA National Appeals Committee (NBA-NEAC) was ratified by the NBA National Executive Council before commencing its work and an audit of the election conducted.
But an unimpeachable source at NBA House told CITY LAWYER that the Appeals Committee has wound up its activities, adding that “The committee has submitted its report.” This has foreclosed the filing of any appeal on the election.
It is recalled that NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata had during the week dissolved all Standing Committees, leaving only the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) and the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) which is spearheading the forthcoming NBA Annual General Conference (AGC).
While members of the first NBA-NEAC LED BY Mrs. Funmi Roberts had resigned en masse following allegations of bias by the Gadzama Campaign Team against some of its members, another committee was quickly constituted to deal with any petitions arising from the 2022 NBA Elections.
Led by former Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi SAN, the committee comprised of former NBA President and Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN; Cecilia Madueke (Secretary); Mr. Olumide Babalola (Counsel) and Mr. Rotimi Ogunyemi (Resident IT Expert).
The committee had on August 5, 2022 issued guidelines for filing of petitions, pegging the deadline at 7 days. The appeal window lapsed on August 12, 2022. There are strong indications that the committee did not receive any appeal on the election.
CITY LAWYER reliably gathered that the NBA leadership will present the committee and its report to the NBA-NEC for ratification.
Maikyau was declared winner of the NBA presidential election with 22,342 votes while Gadzama polled 10,842 to become runner-up. Immediate past NBA General Secretary, Mr. Jonathan Taidi garnered 1380 votes to place third.
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