South-West Lawyers Forum (Egbe-Amofin) and the Mid-West Bar Forum have thrown their weight behind the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF) after the conduct of what has been generally described as a transparent, credible, rancor-free and fair adoption of candidates for the forth coming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) elections.
The Eastern Bar Forum recently in Port Harcourt Rivers State, adopted candidates for the forthcoming NBA elections, with Chief Arthur Obi Okafor (SAN) emerging as the Presidential candidate of the Forum.
Obi Okafor was endorsed after submitting himself to a thorough screening exercise by the screening committee of the Eastern Bar Forum, which was set up at the Forum’s last quarterly meeting held on the 28th of October 2017 at Abakaliki, and in line with the EBF CONSTITUTION to receive letters of intent and screen all candidates who intend to contest elective positions in the forthcoming NBA General elections and agree on consensus candidates for the Forum.
Other endorsed candidates are Stanley Chidozie Imo, for First Vice-President, Innocent Nnamdi Eze for Legal Adviser, Sebastine Anyia for Welfare Secretary, Uju Mary Chukwuma-Okafor for Treasurer, Emeka Anosike Financial Secretary and Mr. Seth Nwokolo for the office of Assistant Publicity Secretary.
The Metro Lawyer reports that the EBF Governor, Chief Arthur Elvis Chukwu however advised candidates to wait for the NBA to lift ban on campaigns before embarking on campaigns because endorsement does not mean that they should start campaigns.
Speaking at the venue, Secretary of the South-West lawyers Forum, (Egbe-Amofin), Mr. Ranti Ajeleti who led a team of Bar leaders from the South-West to grace the event said: “ You have given us the best and we have to abide with it. We respect your adoption process and I remember the last time when chief Emeka Ngige ( SAN) contested this election with Okey Wali ( SAN), you told Chief Ngige to wait that it was not the turn of the Igbos to produce EBF President for the Bar then. He rejected the decision, he came to us for support and we told him to go home and if his people recommended him, we would support him, well the rest is now history. So whoever you recommend for us, we will stand by it” Ajeleti stated.
Prince Alex I. Obade the Publicity Secretary of the Mid-West Bar Forum who led the Mid-West Bar Forum delegates to the event stated: “The way and manner the candidates were screened was very impressive and from what we have seen here and observed, we are satisfied that there is hope for the Bar” Obade said.
Third Vice-President of the NBA who oversees the Eastern Bar Forum states, Mr. Ben Oji said: “I have always been here with you and I am satisfied with what I have seen. I commend the EBF for this great and successful exercise. I pray that this forum will wax stronger and always present a united front” Oji said.
The screening exercise was witnessed by the First-Vice President of the NBA, Mr. Caleb Dajan who represented the NBA President, A.B. Mahmoud (SAN), Third Vice-President of the NBA, Mr. Ben Oji, Welfare Secretary of the NBA, Mr. Adesina Adegbite, Dr. Garba Tetengi (SAN), former Second Vice-President of the NBA, Mr. Steve Abar, former Chairman NBA Makurdi branch, Mr. T.T. Hyindu, a Bencher from the EBF Zone Lady Debby Obodoukwu, former national Treasurer NBA Mrs. Joyce Odua, former chairman of NBA Lagos branch, Mr. Alex Muoka, his successor in office, Mr. Martin Ogunleye; former chairman NBA Ikeja branch Mr. Yinka Faronbi, chairman Progressives Bar Forum, Mr. Dare Akande and a delegation of the Mid-West Bar Forum led its publicity Secretary, Prince Alex I. Obade. Mr. Olisa Agbakoba ( SAN) sent his apologies for his absence.
National officers of the NBA of Eastern Bar Forum extraction present at the event include: The Second Vice-President of the NBA, Mr.Monday Onyekachi Ubani, First Assistant Secretary, Mr. Leo Okey Ohagba, Financial Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Udodi, National Publicity Secretary, John Austin Unachukwu, Second Assistant Secretary, Ms Cecilia Ugbuji and Assistant Financial Secretary, Mrs Dorcas Ngwu.
Former President of the NBA, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN) and former General Secretary NBA, Mr. Emeka JP Obegolu were also at the occasion.