A Lagos-based lawyer, Olumide Akpata, has emerged winner of the Nigeria Bar Association presidential election by a landslide victory many lawyers have considered transparent.
Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA, Tawo Tawo (SAN), said Akpata polled 9891 votes accounting for 54.3 per cent of all the votes cast to defeat his closest contender, Dr Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), who scored 4328 votes.
Another SAN, Dele Adesina, finished among the contestestants with 3982.
Akpata does not hold the title of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, making his victory a big surprise to many.
Secretary of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), had earlier written a letter during the electioneering period raising the alarm that young lawyers were about to “revolutionise” the NBA by voting a non-SAN and pleaded with senior lawyers to rise to the occasion and stop the development.
The letter turned counter-productive as many lawyers including SANs disagreed with Awomolo.
Ajibade (SAN), the first runner up in the presidential contest, also dissociated himself from the letter.
The controversial letter pitched many young lawyers against the other two SAN contenders, paving the way for a gallant win of Akpata, the only non-SAN in the race.
However, Adesina has faulted the electoral process and called for its cancellation.
Adesina in a letter to the electoral committee chairman, said many voters did not receive the link to vote.
He described the election as a “sham” and called for its cancellation.
REV. FR. EBUBE MUONSO ENDORSES CHIDO FOR GOVERNOR ANAMBRA 2021
The Fiery Catholic Priest and the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Uke, Anambra, Nigeria , Reverend Fr. Emmanuel Obimma, last week urged Ndi Anambra to support DR Chidozie Nwankwo Wilson, the Witchtech Boss, in order to continue with his good works.
The Catholic cleric, however, predicted that the State would face an unimaginable difficulty in 2021 and therefore charged Anambrarians to brace up to the situation.
He also called for serious prayers for the State.
While praying for the State and her leaders, the outspoken Catholic Priest enjoined Ndi Anambra to support Dr Chidozie Wilson Nwankwo (CWN) to continue the fight against economic decay, noting that the Catholic Church supports the fight against corruption hence it is sustained prayers against “bribery and corruption.”
He said: “We pray for Dr Chidozie Wilson Nwankwo; he is a man who understands the situation.
Since Anambra started, we have never experienced a governorship aspirant that has so much agricultural, educational and economic emancipation scheme, like him.
“For more than 20 years the witchtech boss have been in the active business of employing, giving scholarships, setting up entrepreneurs and have over 6000 Anambra youths employed, this one that we see what he has being doing, let’s follow him.
” I pray for a peaceful transition from my good friend Chief Willie Obiano, that he may complete his remaining one year. He will hand over to a better person, may the Lord keep him.
The Rev Fr praised Dr Chido for his efforts during the outbreak in march till today, for helping to prevent hunger from killing many families during the lockdown.”
“Chidozie has the character and the experience to guide us through this our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery,”
“,He said“And I know he’ll surround himself with good people – experts, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, police officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government, and know how to work with our people, and who will always put the Anambra people’s interests above their own.”
“And he prayed and blessed him there, the people’s servant, DR Chidozie Wilson Nwankwo reacted immediately by thanking him and promised to give back the government of Ndi Anambra back to the people of Anambra”.
IN THE NEWS: People Can Mourn Me Anyway They Like When I Die — Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he does not care how Nigerians mourn him when he dies.
He stated this in reaction to the controversy generated by his condolence message on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu, who died of COVID-19 complications in Lagos on Saturday.
“Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
“But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hands of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.
“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Obasanjo had said.
But some Nigerians, including former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, bashed him for the message and accused him of mocking the dead.
However, Obasanjo said that though it was normal to mourn the dead, the living should learn to draw lessons from the lives they led.
The former president added that no society could develop by pretending that bad men were good just because they died.
“When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.
“There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.
“But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.
“We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt,” he told Premium Times.
Reminded that he could be mourned the same way he chose to mourn Kashamu, Obasanjo fired back, “As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions. People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.
“Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused? Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.”
Ondo Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, Dumps PDP
Less than two months after joining the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo, deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, has resigned his membership of the party.
Ajayi resigned from the party on Sunday night after he lost the bid to secure the PDP governorship ticket during the primary election.
The deputy governor handed over his letter of resignation to Festus Oboro, Chairman of the PDP in Apoi Ward II of Ese-Odo LGA of the state.
Mr Allen Sowore, media aide to the deputy governor, confirmed the resignation of Ajayi through a statement on Monday.
The statement reads, “The deputy governor appreciates the national leadership and members of the party for their warm reception and acceptance in the short period he rejoined the party.”
It was gathered that the deputy governor was now set to officially join Zenith Labour Party where he has been assured of the party’s ticket to contest in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.
Ajayi had been meeting with the immediate-past governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko, who is a major financier of the ZLP.
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