Oshiomhole’s Arrest: Precedent For NBA Chairman Usoro’s Arrest —Ajie
A Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer, Carol Ajie and staunch supporter of the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA], Mr. Paul Usoro [SAN] during the chairmanship election has warned that the NBA henchman might be arrested over perceived election rigging.
Ajie raised the concern in a brief statement made available to ElombahNews on Thursday.
She premised her fears over the recent arrest by Department of State Security [DSS] agents of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
ElombahNews had reported that Oshiomhole was detained by DSS operatives on Sunday over APC Party primaries and allegations of bribery and corruption.
It was gathered that Oshiomhole was grilled by the operatives for nine hours after some APC governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.
He was also reportedly asked to resign his position during the interrogation by DSS.
Alluding to this development, Mrs. Ajie said that Usoro could be arrested might be arrested over perceived election rigging, saying Oshiomhole’s arrest sends a strong signal.
The member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. wrote: “The arrest by State Agents of Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole over APC Party primaries and allegations of bribery and corruption sends a strong signal.
Recall that the NBA Presidential election 2018 faced some allegations of vote swap and suspicions of rigging in favour of Paul Usoro SAN.
“Following which, Chams the NBA ICT Partner post-election was requested to submit the materials used for the NBA election for vetting by an independent body.
“When immediate past President of NBA A B Mahmoud then appointed KPMG Auditors who are yet to commence work because Paul Usoro SAN has not given the required co-operation to the Election Auditors.
“Rather Mr Usoro appointed another auditing firm, [PriceWaterHouseCoopers] PwC to look into the NBA finances as at the date he was inaugurated by AB Mahmoud SAN.
“Despite request to disclose PwC’s fees to be paid by NBA, Mr. Usoro would not disclose PriceWaterHouseCoopers’ fees.
“Currently one of the presidential candidates Prof Ernest Ojukwu sent a Freedom of Information request to NBA GS you all read it online.”
Ajie who is the Chair, Board of Trustees of “Rules Watch in Defence of Human Rights and Gender Empowerment Network”, therefore, warned that to avert the looming danger, “Mr. Usoro SAN should demonstrate competence and transparency by disclosing it forthwith.”
She also raised another concern which is “if State Agents DSS or EFCC quiz Mr Usoro following Oshiomole’s precedent…
“They moved against Oshiomole, to establish that they could also move against Paul Usoro SAN.
“I think Paul Usoro has Put NBA in a state of confusion. e.g. Mr Usoro has yet called NEC – NBA meeting for this quarter November 2018 as required by the NBA Constitution.
“That is Mr Usoro’s new face of NBA as hinted in one of his dour speeches.
“Meanwhile Mr Usoro has pulled down the NBA web icon OPNBA – Office of the President of NBA because.
“As we pointed our earlier, Mahmoud was the name on the page months after Usoro was sworn- in.
“Mr. Usoro [is wanting] of admin skill in these matters.
“He went to the Federal High Court Legal year to chide the Federal Judges in Sept 2018 for not updating Court website when NBA website under the supposedly internet savvy Lawyer Paul Usoro was as bad.
“On NBA website, the link is below, there is nothing to suggest Usoro is prepared for NEC-NBA Nov. 2018,” Ajie concluded