Chairman of the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Folarinwa Aluko, has said that all hands must be on deck for the forthcoming NBA’s general election was devoid of partisanship.
Speaking at the July edition of the monthly meeting of the branch, Aluko lent his voice to condemn the disqualification of the immediate past General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mazi Afam Osigwe from the election.
He expressed his displeasure on the grounds reportedly given by the Electoral Committee for the disqualification, describing it as two cents short of a dollar.
He said: “The conditions for qualification and disqualification of candidates in the NBA Constitution do not require extraterrestrial ascriptions beyond the clear letter of the NBA Constitution.
“When the wordings of a statute or document are clear and unambiguous, the words must be interpreted literally, the ECNBA must be careful not to pervert the sacred text of the NBA Constitution from which it also draws life.
“The grounds of non-verification of Mazi’s 2016 and 2017 Annual Branch dues is a nothing burger. Mazi Afam Osigwe is a consummate professional who has served the legal profession in many capacities. It is common knowledge that he is the immediate past NBA General Secretary, a former Chairman of the NBA Abuja Branch and an asset to the legal profession and Nigeria as a whole. The ECNBA should be careful not to create martyrs that will haunt the association in the years to come.
“The 2018 NBA elections cannot afford to be subjected to partisan politics. The ECNBA is expected to create an atmosphere for healthy conversations on the value propositions of each candidate.
“The legal profession needs leaders who will take the profession into the future and a president who speaks the language of the digital economy- the language of vibrant ideas and social impact, a leader who will expand the frontiers of the Nigerian Legal profession beyond litigation/CAC/property law to Space Law, International Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Competition and Antitrust Law, Virtual Currency Law and so on.”
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