The NBA was built to be an association where justice and equity play out but we have abandoned all of that for bitterness, blackmail and mudslinging in how we run our affairs and most particularly the way we politic.
The most recent one has been the mouthed adoption of one of the candidates by about 50 (quoting one of the Presidential candidates who vehemently opposed the adoption at a time of universal suffrage) people by the EBF the umbrella body of lawyers from the South East Nigeria where the NBA has zoned it’s presidency to for the 2018 elections.
A lot of unnecessary invectives have been poured on Mr Paul Usoro the candidate to beat in this election going by his track records, national appeal and matured style of campaigning solely on issues without maligning any candidate..
He’s been portrayed as someone unjustifiably going against the adoption principle of the EBF since according to these ethnic champions it’s the turn of the core South East.. incidentally, we didn’t hear these vociferous clannish voices against Emeka Ngige SAN when he contested against Okey Wali in 2012. Okey Wali SAN won that election because of votes from delegates of other regions because though he won majority of Emeka Ngige’s votes came from the same EBF today hypocritically calling Paul Usoro SAN out.
*THE EBF’s COMPARTMENTALISATION*
The EBF is generally compartmentalised into 3 groups.
1. The East Central made up of the Igbo states.
2. The Rivers/ Bayelsa group
3. The Southern part made up of Cross River/ Akwa Ibom states.
It’s instructive to note that the Southern axis where Paul Usoro SAN comes from has never produced even a General Secretary..
*LIST OF PRESIDENTS OF NBA FROM THE SOUTHEAST SO FAR.*
1. DR. NWAKANMA OKORO SAN 1976-1978
2. A.N ANYAMENA SAN 1982 to 1984
3. EBELE NWOKOYE SAN, 1985 to 1987
4. CHIEF CLEMENT AKPANGBO, SAN
1991 to 1992
5. OLISA AGBAKOBA, SAN 2008 to 2010.
*FROM THE PORT HARCOURT AXIS*
1. CHIEF OCJ OKOCHA, SAN 1998 to 2000
2. OKEY WALI, SAN
2012 to 201
The Cross/AkwaIbom axis has never produced a president..
*NOW GENERAL SECs*
1. Hon Walson Jack
2. Alh. Ibrahim Eddy Mark, Rivers State.
3. Emeka Obiegolu
4. Mazi Afam Osigwe
Again the CrossRiver/ Akwa Ibom axis has had no General Secretary..
Where is the justice then in running out Paul Usoro?
CHECK OUT THE MOTHER OF ALL INJUSTICE HERE
If you look very well you’ll notice that the last four NBA Presidents from the core South East are all from Anambra State..
If the EBF that’s being pontificating on fairness and righteousness could not even adopt professor Earnest Ojukwu who is from ABIA STATE to make for balance because he doesn’t have the financial war chest to pay for adoption, then they should take their hypocrisy far from Paul Usoro a gentleman who’s going about his campaign with class and panache that we need badly in our Noble profession..
I leave judgement to fair minded members of the Bar.
Finally, I wish to thank South East lawyers who have exhibited uncanny courage in the face of clannish blackmail by some of their members..
Thank you all..