- One of the presidential candidates in the just concluded NBA elections has called for the cancellation of the polls
- Dele Adesina alleged that the elections were marred by irregularities
- The NBA presidential candidate called on the association's leadership to cancel the elections and conduct fresh ones
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A new development has emerged over the outcome of the just-concluded elections of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
One of the presidential candidates in the elections, Dele Adesina, has asked the association's Body of Trustees to cancel the elections, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Adesina has filed a petition before the body describing the election as “electronic fraud, illegal and unconstitutional.”
He cited some pre-election concerns and agitations which were allegedly neglected and disregarded by the electoral committee and alleged that the Voters’ Register used in the 2020 election was a sham, illegal, doctored and manipulated.
The candidate also alleged that the data in the election results monitoring site was programmed to produce a premeditated result and many voters were also disenfranchised.
Adesina, therefore, called on the chairman of NBA Board of Trustees, Olisa Agbakoba to “rise up and save the Association by cancelling the elections and conducting a fresh one.”
Recall that the elections were conducted electronically on Wednesday, July 29 to Thursday, July 30.
Olumide Akpata, the immediate past chairman of the NBA’s Section on Business Law, emerged the winner of the presidential election, defeating Adesina and Babatunde Ajibade.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has sent his congratulations to Akpata, the new president of the NBA following his victory at the polls.
The Nigerian leader tweeted his felicitation on his personal Twitter account on Saturday, August 1. President Buhari, who described the NBA as "a crucial stakeholder" in Nigeria's democracy, wished Akpata all the best.
Legit.ng had reported earlier that after a recent online presidential election, the NBA selected a new leader who is not from the rank of senior advocates.
The new NBA president, Akpata, polled 1,002 votes which represented 54.8% of the total votes cast at the election.
Akpata floored two contenders at the poll: Babatunde Ajibade who polled 808 votes and Julius Adesina who claimed 679 votes.
According to reports, Akpata is the first president of the association to emerge from the outer bar in 30 years. Legit.ng also notes that the former NBA boss, Paul Usoro, had issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Although Usoro maintains that he is innocent, he was arraigned by the EFCC before a high court judge.
The anti-graft commission alleged that Usoro, in partnership with a sitting state governor, siphoned N1.4 billion.
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