I Cannot Agree With Those Criticizing The EBF And Its Adoption, I Was There When The Final Process Rolled Out – NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman, Adesina Ogunlana

I Cannot Agree With Those Criticizing The EBF And Its Adoption, I Was There When The Final Process Rolled Out - NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman, Adesina Ogunlana
The Chairman of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association has described the agitation by those against the recent Eastern Bar Forum (EBF) adoption of Arthur Obi Okafor SAN as its Presidential candidate in the forth coming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) General elections as needless.

In a recent social media post, Ogunlana who attended the quarterly meeting of the EBF as an observer,  along with other members of his branch (Tigers) said the furore over the said adoption by some critics is unnecessary.

“The EBF like her counterpart in other parts of the country is clearly irredentist but that’s what the NBA has been reduced to, from its pan Nigerian dynamics . That course was charted for the association by former leaders of the association in the past like OCJ OKOCHA, WOLE OLANIPEKUN , JOHN OCHOGA , OLISA AGBAKOBA , Bandele Aiku etc, which in their (parochial) view will promote balance and inclusiveness in the association” he said.

Although Ogunlana disagreed with zoning and Rotation of prime posts, he admitted that others consider his position too radical or abstract in the face of the Nigerian equation. “Many lawyers otherwise well meaning consider our position as too idealistic and even unrealistic in the reality of the Nigerian situation.

“So I cannot agree with those now criticizing the EBF and its adoption of the gentleman in the picture here (ARTHUR OBI OKAFOR) as her sole Presidential candidate. I was there when the final process rolled out”.

Ogunlana wondered the reason for the recent unrest over the endosement and adoption of Arthur Obi Okafor SAN. According to him,  endorsement at best is only an advantage, not a finality of success.

“Let the other candidates who are disdaining the EBF or who are being disdained by the EBF chart other courses of vote generation for themselves and face the race squarely”

“From all I gathered Okafor SAN has seriously labored over time to get the EBF support and as such should not be envied or resented for that” he wrote.