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Saturday, 21 July 2012

NBA Denies Alleged Poll Rigging

The Nigerian Bar Association NBA, on Friday, denied the allegation of riging levelled against it by a contestant into the office of the association’s chairman, Emeka Ngige (SAN), in the just concluded election.
Ngige had contested with two other persons in the Wednesday’s election of the association which took place in Abuja.
At the end of the election, he had emerged second with 449 votes, losing to Okeychukwu Wali (SAN), who polled 688 votes.
Ngige, however, petitioned the association, alleging rigging of the election.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the General Secretary of the association, Muyiwa Akinboro, denied the allegations raised by Ngige.
On the issue of two delegates, Chief Nwobidike (SAN) and Chief C.A.B Akparanta (SAN), who are deceased but whose names appeared on the voters list, Akinboro stated that the list of Senior Advocates used was directly obtained from the Supreme Court and the alleged names were not in the list of deceased persons as contained in the said list.
He added that the list of delegates with their pictures was available for check, adding that every delegate in attendance signed at three different points, a situation which, he said, could not give room for fraud.
Akinboro also justified the participation of the association’s president, J.B. Daudu’s wife and son in the election.
According to him, “Mrs. Ranti Daudu is a member of the NEC and Tunde Daudu is the secretary of Young Lawyers Forum, who was co-opted into NEC by the virtue of his position in the forum. The constitution allows for co-option of members into NEC.”
Akinboro stated further that the election had been adjudged free and fair with the petitioner congratulating the chairman-elect when the result was declared at the election venue.
He, however, said it was unfortunate to read about Ngige’s grievances in the newspaper when the association had a forum to discuss such issues.

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