BREAKING: Paul Usoro Elected President Of Nigerian Bar Association
Seasoned lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN], Mr. Paul Usoro has emerged the president-elect of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA].
Mr. Paul Usoro was elected after an exhausting and stressful voting process lawyers which saw him garner the majority votes of the 12,421 lawyers that participated in the voting process.
The NBA E-Voting was extended to 6a.m. on Monday after expiration on Sunday.
The voting was seamless as the voter is required to just use one’s username being the Supreme Court enrollment number to generate password and launch into NBA voting platform.
Then it’s just click and vote!
As previously announced by ECNBA the results would come soon after e-voting is closed.
Meanwhile, one is required visit NBA website to view the NBA election result released by ECNBA Monday morning.
However, one of the contestants, Mr. Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, rejected the result.
In a letter signed on his behalf by O.O Olowokore, Mr. Okafor stated that he has withdrawn from the race.
He claims that the election was compromised. He said that the election will be subjected to Audit of International Standard.
Reacting to the election result, Dame Carol Ajie, who broke the news to ElombahNews, said that “Paul Usoro is senior and suited to serve NBA best at this time”.
In a short memo to this medium, she stated:
“At 6am this Good Monday morning 20/8/18, voting closed NBA Portal.
“Paul Usoro SAN got the highest number of votes to emerge winner of the election for the office of the President 2018-2020.
“I have sent a congratulatory message to Mfon and Paul Usoro SAN.
“When as Amazon I contested for office of Chief Scribe, NBA GS in 2000 some were barely Lawyers then or green wigs. I lost that election gallantly.
“Sunday Ameh, SAN, also lost gallantly to Chief Philip Umeh Great GS.
“Next was in 2002 I lost the election gallantly to Dele Adesina SAN and Sunday Ameh SAN also lost and he stopped his GS race there.
“I continued, in 2004 and again lost in 2006 up till the year 2008 albeit Gallant! I then returned to school for my LL.M, Georgetown Washington D.C under scholarship.
“I was always the first to congratulate the GS winner up and until 2004 when Nimi Walson-Jack Esq my Niger Delta Brother from PH won!
“Nimi Walson Jack & his pretty wife Dame Didi my classmate who was once the Solicitor General of Bayelsa State and the learned couple brought some swagger to that office and spirit of amity.”
On the protesting Arthur Okafor, she said:
“Arthur Obi Okafor SAN has just fought his first election in NBA and lost to the most senior of 3, Paul Usoro SAN and AOO now complains that he is ‘withdrawing’ from the race after participating in it, in a conscious state.
“Because according to AOO’s letter to ECNBA, PU suddenly got upsurge of votes.
“What a strange ground for protest and so that is reason for AOO’s refusal to congratulate the Winner, even before ECNBA officially declares results, falls short of sportsmanship, my friends,” she concluded.