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NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL COMMITTEE


ON ASPIRANTS FOR 2016 NBA NATIONAL ELECTIONS
The Electoral Committee had earlier released the list of candidates for the
scheduled 2016 elections after a full consideration of the information/ documents
submitted by the aspirants and their nominators/seconders. A total of thirty one
(31) aspirants signified their intention to contest elections into the various offices.
Their names and their desired offices are as follows:1. PRESIDENT
a) Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN
b) Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN
2. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
a) Dajan Caleb
b) Hauwa Ibrahim
3. SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
a) Monday Onyekachi Ubani
b) Imo Stanley Chidozie
4. THIRD VICE PRESIDENT
a) Ben Oji
5. GENERAL SECRETARY
a) Yamah Desmond
b) Isiaka Abiola Olagunju
6. FIRST ASSISTANT SECRETARY
a) Salihu Mohammed Enebi
b) Edun Olukunle
c) Ohagba Okey Leo
7. SECOND ASSISTANT SECRETARY
a) Uzoukwu Madu Callistus
b) Naandeti Anas

c) Cecilia Ugbuji Ngede


8. TREASURER
a) Chukwuma-Okafor Obianuju
b) Aisha Abdullahi Ado

9. WELFARE SECRETARY
a) Usman Joshua Enemali
b) Igba Theophilus Terhile
c) Adegbite Adesina
10.FINANCIAL SECRETARY
a) Udodi Ngozi Martha
b) Adeniran Adedoyin Adeleke

11.ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY


a) Ngwu Dorcas Nennaya
b) Onwuka Kingsley Samuel
12.PUBLICITY SECRETARY
a) John Unachukwu Austin

13.ASSISTANT PUBLICITY SECRETARY


a) Abubakar Garba
b) Mbamala Chukwuemeka
c) Saidu Ibrahim Abubakar
d) Nwokolo Seth Peter Chigozie

14. LEGAL ADVISER


a) Balogun Rafiu Oyeyemi
b) Onwuzulike Christopher Chuks

Twelve (12) of the candidates were initially disqualified for failing to meet with
the conditions stipulated by the constitution of the NBA. Each of the disqualified
candidates was notified in writing through letters wherein their respective grounds
of disqualification were stated.
2.1

The candidates were also notified of their right to appeal against the
decision of the ECNBA within seven (7) days of the date of receipt of their
respective disqualification letters. Of the twelve, only ten (10) appealed.

2.2

Before the expiration of the seven (7) days, the committee reminded the
disqualified aspirants from whom no appeal had been received by the sixth
(6th) day, of the need to do so within time if they so desired.

3.

QUALIFIED CANDIDATES
(a) Presidency
(i)
A.B. Mahmoud SAN
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(ii)

Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, OFR, MFR, SAN, FCIArb(uk)


(Initially disqualified for non-submission of the Bar Practicing
Fees and Branch Dues payment receipts/tellers respectively for
2014 of his nominator. Copies of both receipts were subsequently
submitted with his letter of appeal. ECNBA considered his appeal
based on the documents which were then before the committee and
he was consequently cleared).

(b) 1st Vice President


(i) Dajan Caleb
(Initially disqualified because he failed to attach a credible copy
of the Bar Practicing Fee receipt/teller of his nominator for 2014.
Satisfactory proof thereof was subsequently submitted with his
appeal, based on which he was cleared by ECNBA.
(c) 2nd Vice President
Monday Onyekachi Ubani
(Only opponent withdrew in writing from the contest. Now unopposed)
(d) 3rd Vice President
Ben Oji
(Only candidate for the office. Unopposed)
(e) General Secretary
(i)
Yamah Desmond
(ii)
Isiaha Abiola Olagunju
(f) 1st Assistant Secretary
(i)
Salihu Mohammed Enebi
(ii)
Edun Olukunle
(iii)
Ohagba Okey Leo
(g) 2nd Assistant Secretary
Cecilia Ugbuji Ngede
(h) Treasurer
(i) Chukwuma Okafor Obianuju
(Based on adverse report from her branch in the secretariat by
which a candidate she sponsored for the branch election was
disqualified due to the non production of her receipt for payment of
the 2015 branch dues, she was initially disqualified. Her
explanation on appeal that her branch later cleared the said
candidate who eventually contested the branch election and won
was adjudged to be satisfactory, the receipt for payment of the
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2015 branch due adjudged to be credible and she was consequently


cleared).
(ii) Aisha Abdullahi Ado
(i) Welfare Secretary
(i) Usman Joshua Enemali
(ii) Igba Theophilus Terhile
(iii) Adegbite Adesina
(Initially disqualified for non-production of a credible/legible Bar
Practicing Fee teller for the year 2016, Rather than the blank copy
submitted with his nomination form, a credible and legible copy
was submitted with his appeal and he was cleared).
(j) Financial Secretary
Udochi Ngozi Martha
(k) Assistant Financial Secretary
(i) Ngwu Dorcas Nennaya
(ii)Onwuka Kingsley Samuel
(l) Publicity Secretary
Vacant. Sole Aspirant Disqualified
(m)

Assistant Publicity Secretary


(i) Abubakar Garba
(ii)Mbamala Chukwuemeka
(iii)
Saidu Ibrahim Abubakar

(n)

Legal Adviser
(i)
Balogun Rafiu Oyeyemi
(ii)
Onwuzulike Christopher Chuks

DISQUALIFIED ASPIRANTS
1.

Ms Hauwa Ibrahim
Desired Office 1st Vice President
GROUNDS
Aspirant/Nominator/Seconder only submitted Bar Practicing Fees Receipt/
tellers for 2016 respectively.
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Seconder less than 15 years post call and thus not qualified to contest
election to office as a candidate and cannot therefore validly second
nomination of aspirant).
2.

John Austin Unachukwu


Desired Office Publicity Secretary
GROUNDS
Disqualified for being in paid employment of The Nation Newspapers rather
than full private law practice. He provided contradictory and unsatisfactory
documents on appeal in an attempt to show that he is in full and private legal
practice as stipulated by the extant NBA Constitution.

3.

Adediran Adedoyin Adeleke


Desired Office:- Financial Secretary.
GROUNDS
Branch dues for 2016 not paid as and when due.

4.

Mr. Nnadeti Anas


Desired Office:- 2nd Assistant Secretary.
GROUNDS
Was unable to submit his Bar Practicing Fees Receipt/teller for 2014.
Rather, submitted 2013 (outside 3 year period prescribed), 2015 and 2016.
Withdrawals
The following aspirants withdrew from the race in writing:(i) Nwokolo Seth Peter Chigozie - Assistant Publicity Secretary
(ii) Imo Stanley Chidozie
- Second Vice President

SIGNED:
Oluwaseun, Ajoba, Esq
(Secretary, ECNBA)