June 12: The NBA joins History as Contestants are Screened… John Demide

Today is June 12, the much fabled day that hitherto had bitter connotations in the history of Nigerian politics. It was only recently christened “Democracy day” amidst controversy. Given the history of this day commencing on a bad note, twenty someyed years later it has taken on a symbolic day of importance in our evolving history.

Likewise today, the Nigerian Bar Association Electoral committee is scheduled to open up the nominations of candidates aspiring to lead the association for another two year stint. This no doubt is an epoch making event as we have a though block of contestants gunning for the number one spot of leadership, the Presidency of the bar.

There are 14 posts up for grabs, but the Presidency of the bar has always taken the fore in deliberations on what connotes leadership qualities sought after. This year, there are 4 main contenders for the post of President, they are Paul Usoro SAN, Arthur Obi Okafor SAN, Ernest Ojukwu SAN, and Maxine Adam Osigwe, Esq.

These four titans have set themselves apart to be the best options to lead the bar. No doubt, this ensemble of candidates has stoked debates on various platforms of discourse, however, one thing is certain, the contest for the seat of the presidency of the bar is just about to get interesting.

Consequent upon the closure of nomination on 31st May, 2018, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Election Committee (ECNBA), Prof. Yadudu Auwalu caused that an invitation be sent out to all candidates vieing for posts to attend a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the ECNBA to formally open all the nominations submitted by contestants for the National Offices of the NBA.
As one of the steps to be taken to secure the integrity of the process, screening will follow immediately after the nominations have been opened in the presence of some invited Bar Leaders who will witness the ceremony.

The meeting is scheduled to hold by 10:00 am prompt on 12th June, 2018 later on today at the Conference Room of the President, Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), Abuja.

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