Thursday, 23 August 2018

 sagay PACAC

Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) yesterday said the Federal Government could fund next year’s general election by invoking the doctrine of necessity should the National Assembly fail to pass the budget.

According to him, the overriding necessity of elections and survival of democracy supersede the National Assembly’s powers where democracy is threatened.

Sagay, in a statement, said while the power to approve the budget is only a single item in the Constitution, democracy and its processes, including elections, are what the Constitution are about.

The statement reads: “The failure or refusal by the National Assembly to approve funds for the 2019 election will constitute a sabotage of our democracy, of which the Constitution is the embodiment.

“If elections are not held, it will mean the collapse of our democracy, leading to chaos and anarchy. The question that arises is simple.

“Which is more critical to democracy and the survival of Nigeria: Is it (1) the power of the National Assembly to approve budgets or (2) the survival of democracy and Nigeria itself?

“If the survival of democracy is more important and fundamental to Nigeria’s existence, then failure to approve the budget for elections will trigger the doctrine of necessity, thus compelling the funding of election without the approval of the National Assembly.

“It is simply a question of the survival of democracy and the continued existence of Nigeria. The power of approval of budget is just a single item in the whole of the Constitution.

“On the contrary, elections and democracy which they support, constitute what the whole Constitution is about.

“Therefore, the overriding necessity and imperative of elections and democracy simply override the power of National Assembly.

“If the National Assembly refuses or fails to approve the budget for election, the doctrine of necessity will validate the provision of the funds without the National Assembly’s approval.”

The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will o reconvene on August 27 to conclude work on the 2019 INEC budget submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, had said in a statement: “Sequel to the ongoing consideration of the INEC 2019 General Election Budget by the joint committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, the general public is hereby informed that work on the budget is in advanced stage and in line with the mandate issued to the joint committee by the leadership of the National Assembly.

“Equally, the joint committee deliberated on all key attributes of the budget while taking into cognisance the imperative urgency for the budget to be ready in time for the 2019 general election hence, necessitating sacrifice and selflessness from our distinguished and honourable members.

“Furthermore, it is imperative to state here explicitly that, after an audacious session with all critical stakeholders, the joint committee dissolved into executive structure and agreed to resume on 27th of August, 2018, (after Sallah) to consider the harmonised version of the budget report diligently.

“Moreso, the report of the joint committee will be made available for further and appropriate legislative action in earnest.”

Credit: The Nation

Friday, 17 August 2018

Following discoveries of malicious attempts and actions by faceless persons to create ill agitations in the camp of NBA Presidential aspirant Arthur Obi Okafor SAN, a public letter has been written by O.O.Olowokure Esq to these faceless persons to desist from such acts.

Read the letter below:

Dear Colleagues 

Our attention has been drawn to a series of publications whereby supporters of a rival political faction are distributing various false statements purporting to give endorsements to our Presidential candidate Arthur Obi Okafor SAN.

One of such statements purports to have been authored by Afam Mazi Osigwe while another claims that the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN endorsed Arthur Obi Okafor SAN for the  NBA Presidency. We suspect other such amateurishly concocted statements will continue to be published by faceless individuals in order to give the general public the impression that the statements originated from AOOSAN’s camp. It is also clear that the purpose of these false statements is to agitate the supposed authors , entice them into heated rebuttals and energize supporters of other Presidential candidates into engaging in a negative social media war.
This cheap and ignominious tactic will fail because AOOSAN is clearly already streets ahead in all opinion polls. 

AOOSAN’s camp challenges the faceless originators’ of these false and ridiculous statements of endorsement to show how such statements are linked with AOOSAN’s camp or forever hold their peace.

Be rest assured our Presidential candidate being a proven man of integrity,a gentleman and peace loving does not and need not leverage on falsehood in any shape, form or manner. Consequently AOOSAN will continue to run an issue based campaign .

Members of the NBA and the general public are advised to ignore the trend of formulated false statements of endorsement published with evil intent and designed by members of opposing camps to damage our candidate’s unassailable reputation.

Thank you.

O.O.Olowokure Esq
For #AllinclusiveBar

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Dare Akande A candidate for the 2nd vice-president NBA is a Quintessentisl bar man
He graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University in1990 and called to Bar in 1991. Between 1991 and 1992 He was the Legal Adviser to Fika Local Government in Yobe State.He worked with the Law Firm of Babatunde Oshilaja & Co between 1992 and 1993.   Between 1993 and 1997, He was with the Law Firm of Erasmus Bola Baderinwa & Co as Deputy Head of Chambers before setting up His own Law Office of Dare Akande & Co. in Ikeja.

In Ikeja he teamed up with other Progressive minded friends to effect a change of leadership  of the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian  Bar Association by   bringing in a people oriented executive that's how he earned the name leader because of the positive role he made to build up Ikeja branch to a foremost and amiable branch

  He severed at various times a member of the Welfare committee, the Human Rights Committee , the Continuous Legal Education Committee, and the Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture / Symposium Committee of the branch. He served at various times as the Secretary of the Human Rights Committee, Professional Ethics & Disciplinary Committee  and the Welfare Committee of the branch. 

He was the Chairman of the Pro Bono Committee, Judicial Ethics & Monitoring Committee,  Human Rights Committee and the Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture / Symposium Committee  of the Ikeja branch.         Served as member of the Local Organizing Committee of the NBA Annual conference held in Lagos. member of the Conference Planning Committee of the NBA annual conference held in Port Harcourt in 2006.  member of the NBA Committee on zoning of national offices.  He served as a member of the Constitutional Review and Law Reform Committee of the NBA.               

 At the executive level of the branch he served as the Publicity Secretary and the 1st Vice Chairman of the Ikeja branch. He was appointed a member of the Committee on the Review of the Lagos State Rent Edict in 2002 , and a member of the Public Complaints and Training Committee of the Lagos State Judiciary 2010-2012 and 2014-2017. In all the positions

He has been opportune to serve  ,  whether at the branch or the national level of the Nigerian Bar Association, or governmental level,  he his a performer creditably and used the opportunities  to garner experience for a day like this.
He would love to bring same experience  to the national NBA as 2nd vice-president.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday admitted Clement Faboyede and Modupe Adetokunbo, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to bail in the sum of N50 million each.

Faboyede, the Ondo State Chairman of the PDP, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged N500 million laundering charge.

The EFCC arraigned Faboyede on June 29 alongside Adetokunbo, the Director-General of the party’s Campaign Organisation in the state, during the 2015 general elections.

They are facing a three-count charge bordering on money laundering, and had each pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On July 10, both the defence counsel, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekene Ihenacho, had respectively argued their application in favour and in opposition to the bails of the accused.

Justice Muslim Hassan had then reserved ruling on their submissions until Thursday.

Delivering his ruling on the resumed date, the court listed factors to be considered in deciding a bail application to include the nature of the charge, the severity of the punishment, and the likelihood of the accused committing further offences.

The court held that the sole issue for determination was whether or not, the accused were entitled to bail pending trial, bearing in mind that the essence of bail is to ensure their attendance for trial.

The judge then held that bail was deserving in the circumstances, and consequently, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50 million each, with one surety each in like sum.

The court held that the sureties must either be federal or state civil servants, not below grade level 15, or must be landed property owners within the court’s jurisdiction.

The sureties were directed to deposit the title documents of the property and two passport photographs each, at the court’s registry, which must be verified.

The accused were also ordered to deposit their international passport at the court’s registry, while the prosecution was given a week to authenticate the documents submitted by the sureties.

The court subsequently, adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for trial.

The accused were said to have committed the offences on March 27, 2015.

They were said to have conspired to accept cash payment of the sum of N500 million, which exceeded the amount allowed by law, without going through any financial institution.

The offences contravened Sections 16, 16 (2) and 18 of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No.1 of 2012).

Source: PM News

 Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi,Esq.

Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi, a candidate for the position of the Legal Adviser in the forthcoming elections of the NBA is a bar man per excellence. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B in 1992 from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State and had his Barrister at Laws, B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1993 and he was subsequently called to the Bar the same year, 1993.  He had his Master of Laws, LL.M from the University of Lagos in 2006.

He did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the Law firm of Fola Ajijola & Co in Ikeja, Lagos State between 1993/1994 service year. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as a Counsel in the Law firm of Olubunmi Oyewole & Co, now Justice of the Court of Appeal, Calabar Judicial Division. In the same 1999, he set up his own Law firm of 'Yinka Oyeniyi Farounbi & Co, 114, Ikorodu Road, Fadeyi, Lagos State.

He is a member of the Ikeja Branch of the NBA and had served the branch in various capacities at one time or the other as the Auditor, Assistant General Secretary, Financial Secretary, 1st Vice Chairman and Chairman between 2000 and 2016. In addition, he served in some important Committees of the branch as member, Secretary and Chairman. He was a member of the Human Rights Committee and the Chairman when he became the Ist Vice Chairman of the branch. He is the Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee in 2008 and 2009 AGC in Abuja and Lagos respectively. He was the Secretary of the Building Committee of the branch under the Chairmanship of Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN. He has been, among others, a member of the Law Week Committee, the Countinuous Legal Education Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Local Organising Committee of the 2017 AGC in Lagos. In fact, he was the Alternate Chairman of the Sport Committee which successfully organised a football competition among the branches where trophies and cash prices were won.

The candidate for the position of the Legal Adviser has been an attendee of the NBA NEC meetings and the AGC since 2000 either as participant or Delegate. . He was a co-opted member of NEC in 2012 - 2014, a statutory member, as the Chairman of the Ikeja Branch, in 2014 - 2016 and the NEC Representative of the branch between 2016 - 2018. At the national level, he was a member of the Legislative Drafting Committee, 2012 - 2014, the Building Committee, 2016 - 2018 and the Legislative Drafting Committee, 2016 - 2018. He was among the NBA Delegates on Legal Services Trade Mission to Netherlands in 2016.

In all the positions so far held, he has not been found wanting and the various experiences gained in those years of sourjourn prepared him adequately for a day like this, and as the Legal Adviser, he will serve our association creditably well and strive to avoid any embarrassment whatsoever to the association. A crushing judgment was recently gotten against the association which almost brought its existence to an end, and this could have been avoided with a competent, diligent, painstaking and meticulous Legal Adviser. Never will such repeat itself under my stewardship as your Legal Adviser.

Gentlemen, trust me with your votes as your Legal Adviser and I promise to serve you positively in a way never to be forgotten in the existence of our organisation. 

Long live NBA, long live Nigeria.

Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi 
Legal Adviser candidate.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on Monday vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will reclaim the governorship mandate stolen by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s election won by Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Fayose, in series of tweets on his twitter handle said “If APC truly won, why was it that there was no jubilation in Ekiti ? That victory of Kayode Fayemi is Pyrrhic, we will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.”

He accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being dictatorial and using his power to rig the election in favour of APC.

“On this Ekiti election, President Buhari demonstrated truly that he is not a democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence. It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes,” he said.

According to him, the President should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi “whom Ekiti people rejected.”

“What Buhari won as referendum from Ekiti people, Nigerians and international community is shame, big shame. As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.

“The President should note what the Bible says, which applies to him: “He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.,” he added.

On Garba Shehu, Fayose said “that fellow is not to be accorded any attention. Being a fair weather friend, he would soon desert his current pay masters.

“Garba Shehu was in the Presidency, courtesy Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation still courtesy Abubakar. Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.”

Monday, 16 July 2018

The immediate past chairman of the Young Lawyers' Forum (Ikeja Branch) has written an open letter to the Governing Council President of the Young Lawyers' Forum.

Click Below to read the letter.

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