By Onozure Dania
Ahead of the July 2018 elections of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, to elect new national officers, South- East Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, on Saturday in Enugu adopted Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, as their candidate for NBA President.
A resolution issued by the group and signed by Chief Anthony Mogboh, SAN, reads: “Whereas on Saturday February 3, 2018, the Eastern Bar Forum, EBF, which encompasses all branches of the NBA in Eastern Nigeria, in their resolution adopted Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, as its candidate for the post of President of the NBA in the July 2018 elections, now the South-East Senior Advocates of Nigeria at its meeting held on April 3, 2018, at the residence of Chief Anthony Mogboh, SAN, being bound by the resolution of the EBF, hereby resolve and adopt Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, as their candidate for the post of President of the NBA in the election that will take place in July 2018.”
The EBF had in Port Harcourt adopted Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, for the position of NBA President, Stanley Chidozie Imo, for First Vice-President, Sabastine Anyia for Welfare Secretary, Uju Mary Chukwuma-Okafor for Treasurer, Innocent Nnamdi Ezeh for Legal Adviser, Emeka Anosike – Financial Secretary and Mr. Seth Nwokolo for the office of Assistant Publicity Secretary.
The candidates emerged after a rigorous screening exercise conducted by the Forum’s Screening Committee comprising all the members of the Governing Council of the association, branch chairmen and secretaries of all EBF branches, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria from the EBF states, all national officers of the NBA from the EBF zone, in compliance with Article 11 of its Constitution. This was subsequently approved by the General Meeting of the EBF.
The adoption exercise was witnessed by the First Vice- President of the NBA, Mr. Caleb Dajan, who represented the NBA President, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, SAN, Third Vice-President of the NBA, Mr. Ben Oji, Welfare Secretary of the NBA, Mr. Adesina Adegbite, the then Vice-chairman of Arewa Lawyers Forum, Mr. Garba Pwul, SAN who led a team of Arewa Lawyers to the event
representing the Chairman of Arewa Lawyers Forum, Mr. M. A. Abubakar who is now the Governor of Bauchi State, Secretary of South-West Lawyers, Egbe-Amofin, Mr. Ranti Ajeleti who led a very strong delegation from the South-West lawyers to the event and a delegation of the Mid-West Bar Forum led by its publicity Secretary, Mr. Alex I. Obade.
National officers of the NBA of EBF extraction present at the event include: The Second Vice-President of the NBA, Mr. Monday Onyekachi Ubani,National Publicity Secretary, NBA, John Austin Unachukwu, First Assistant Secretary, Mr. Leo Okey Ohagba, Financial Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Udodi, Second Assistant Secretary, Ms Cecilia Ugbuji and Assistant Financial Secretary, Mrs Dorcas Ngwu.