BY Innocent Anaba
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, has called on the Mid-West Forum of the association to respect the outcome of the meeting held on July 11, 2012 with Egbe-Omofin, wherein the South-West agreed to concede the NBA presidency to them (Mid-West) in 2020.
It will be recalled that another former president of the NBA, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, had fueled the controversy with his letter to the sitting president of the association, Mr. Okey Wali, SAN, stating that it was the turn the South- West, to the exclusion of the Mid-West, to produce the next president of the association, come July this year.
This did not go down well with the Mid-West bar led by Chief Ferdinand Orbih, SAN, which accused Agbakoba of crying louder than the bereaved, pointing out that core South-West and Mid-West make up the West in NBA’s zoning arrangement.
But Olanipekun, who spoke at the Ikeja branch’s Alao Aka-Bashorun lecture for year in Lagos, traced the history of zoning the presidency in the NBA. On the relation between the South-West and Mid-West, he said: “During the Presidency of Joseph Daudu, agitations were rife for the recognition of additional zones in the NBA, including but not limited to the Mid-West zone.
This led to the convening of a Bar Leaders Summit by Daudu to consider whether or not to create or have additional zones in the NBA. The meeting did not produce any breakthrough. This again led to the meeting of the Mid-West and South-West bar leaders at the instance of the Mid-West Bar leaders on July 11, 2012.
The Mid-West team, led by Chief Albert Akpomudje, SAN and their simple demanded that for the purpose of the NBA zoning arrangement, the Mid-West would want to be part of South-West.
“The South-West informed them that they were not averse to their request.”