By Segun Kasali
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Adesina has described the recently concluded presidential election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as lawlessness and gross violation of the Association’s constitution.
Adesina, who was also a candidate at the election, made this known in a petition entitled: THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION 2020 NATIONAL OFFICERS ELECTION: A CASE OF CLASSICAL ELECTRONIC FRAUD, ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS: CALL FOR CANCELLATION AND A NEW ELECTION CONDUCTED FOR THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NBA), issued to Tribune Online yesterday in Lagos.
It would be recalled that the Election Committee declares Olumide Akpata as President of the Nigerian Bar Association after polling 9891 votes (54.3%) out of 18, 256 total votes cast in the conducted election between July 29 and 30.
He, therefore, beseeched the members of the board of the Association to take necessary steps towards restoring normalcy to the Association, adding that the product won’t be right if the process is wrong.
“I have herein complained of both the process leading to the Election and the Election itself which show instances of lawlessness and gross violation of the NBA Constitution.
“Disregarding the law is worse than corruption. The end product of lawlessness is condemnation and destruction.
“I urge the members of the Board of Trustees of the NBA to intervene and right these wrongs and save the NBA from condemnation and destruction.
“I believe that leaders must do things right and/or ensure that things are done right.
It is needless to say, Mr Chairman and other members of the Board of Trustees of the NBA, that if the process is wrong, the product cannot be right.
“If the election process is wrongful and unconstitutional, the outcome must suffer the same fate and be cancelled” He said.