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NBA Presidency- Who Wears The Crown

 This is certainly the season of politicking just as the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA), is also set to elect a new leadership to steer the affairs of the association. The issue of zoning and marginalization is restricted to politicians alone as some members of the wig profession are protesting that the Presidency should not be an exclusive right of the Senior Advocates. They equally argued that they are first and foremost lawyers before being elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN).
Four respected lawyers from the Western part of the country are currently vying for the exalted seat which has been zoned to the region in line with the association principle of rotating the position among the three zones-North, West and East. They are aspirants Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN), Mrs. Funke Adekoya (SAN), Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) and the late entrant Mr. Osas Erhabor.
The implication of this is not lost on the four contestants as whoever gets the nod of his colleague in the zone will automatically emerge the new President of NBA in the August election
For principle of fairness and justice Egbe Amofin Oodua an umbrella body of the South West lawyers has been charged with the screening of the aspirants chaired by Chief Mrs. Priscilla Kuye one time President of (NBA).
As expected in an election accusations and blackmail have rented the air with some of the contestant alleging that some elders in the association have being parading one of the aspirants as a consenus candidate.
Mrs. Adekoya SAN and Chief Akintola SAN have written protest letters to Mrs. Kuye’s screening committee. Mrs. Adekoya in her letter alleged the committee is populated by unfit and compromised members, who may likely impose unpopular decision on the zone for the election. She however gave five reasons to question the integrity of some of the members. She further said, “Chairmen of NBA branches who are members of the committee were overheard after a meeting of a group describing the proposed exercise as a waste of time as they have already decided on a candidate to endorse. Some branch chairmen cannot legitimately represent their branch as there tenure has either expired or will expire any time from now and they have received huge financial inducement in other to vote in a particular way.
Chief Akintola in his letter said, “Apart from the allegation of financial inducement against some members of the screening committee, some of them had less than 10 years post call experience which is against the tradition of respect for seniority in the legal profession. Furthermore, the decision to make branch chairmen to screen candidates on behalf of the generality of members of Egbe Amofin Oodua cannot be truly representative of the aspiration and desire of our members. It’s a known fact that branches have different numbers of delegates, depending on their respective sizes”.
Reacting to these allegations Ranti Ajeleti, Secretary of Egbe Amofin Oodua said, “We have always endorsed candidates based on a review of the candidate’s suitability for the office sought. It has ever been a popularity contest.”

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