Stalwart supporters of Paul Usoro, SAN from the four (4) NBA Branches in Plateau State, gathered in Saturday, 23 June 2018, in Jos, to reaffirm their support and commitment to the candidacy of the Learned Silk. The event tagged “Hangout with Paul Usoro, SAN” started at about 5pm and was graced by many eminent legal practitioners and bar leaders, some of which are; Prof. Dakas C. J. Dakas, SAN, Solomon Umoh, SAN, Pius Akubo, SAN, Tob Kekemeke (Former NBA Chairman, Jos), Sunday Abednego ( NBA Chairman, Bukuru Branch) and David Karshima (NBA Chairman, Pankshin Branch).
During the said gathering, Mr. Kekemeke in his opening remarks, stated that the gathering is very unique because it was organized by the supporters of Mr. Usoro, SAN in Plateau State. He added that both senior and young lawyers contributed tremendously to the gathering. According to him, the young lawyers contributed because they said they are not too young to contribute, and the old lawyers contributed because they said they are old enough to know what Mr. Usoro can do to turn the fortunes of the bar positively.
On the basis of their support for Mr. Usoro, SAN, Mr. Kekemeke stated that the supporters are moved by his professional pedigree and vast experience in legal practice which they see as adequate enough to recommend the Learned Silk to them. He concluded by stating unequivocally that Mr. Usoro, SAN has a clear cut understanding of the job description of the President of the NBA, as contained and conveyed in his bold unprecedented Reflections on the welfare of young lawyers and institutional reforms for the NBA.
Speaking on the candidacy of Paul Usoro, SAN at the gathering, Prof Dakas described the Telecommunications guru as a deep thinker and an outstanding legal practitioner. He enjoined lawyers to be driven by the larger interest of the bar when casting their votes.
Similarly, Mr. Pius Akubo, SAN in his remarks stated that Paul Usoro, SAN remains the best candidate for the office of the NBA President. He added that he will not waste his time with pretenders and that the NBA needs serious minded individuals who are well brought up and who have secured pedigree.
Mr. Sunday Abednego, who spoke on behalf of the four NBA Chairmen in Plateau State, stated that Mr. Usoro is a good leader and has never made any negative statement against other candidates, despite the several smear campaign against him.
A. A. Sangei, who spoke on behalf of senior lawyers, described Mr. Usoro as a very nice and disciplined lawyer, and also declared his support for the Learned Silk.
T. J. Danjuma who spoke on behalf of young lawyers in Plateau State assured the Learned Silk that young lawyers in Plateau are solidly in support of his candidacy.
Equally, the PRO of FIDA, Plateau Branch also assured the Learned Silk of the support of female lawyers in Plateau. She stated that FIDA in Plateau know that Mr. Usoro is going to move the bar forward and also make women feel the importance of being lawyers.
After several goodwill messages from bar leaders, Mr. Paul Usoro, expressed his immense appreciation for the love, trust and confidence reposed on him by his supporters. He reteirated that the need for reforms in the NBA actually pushed him to decide that it was necessary for him to have an interest in being the President of the NBA. He drew lawyers attention to the KPMG diagnostic report which shows that the NBA lacks corporate governance and transparency, particularly in the area of finance.
He stated further that the NBA requires reforms and it needs men and women of courage to be able to carry out those reforms. In his words, there are things to be done to change the face of the NBA. He added that he is looking at reforms that will give the NBA moral equity.