The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikorodu Branch’s election would be conducted by a caretaker committee set up by the National President. The above is contained in a letter signed by the Secretary of the NBA, Mr. Isiaka Olagunju and addressed to the Chairman of the branch, Mr. Levi Adikwaone.
The Caretaker Committee headed by Prince Adebisi Ademuwagun has the mandate to take over the affairs of the branch and conduct a fresh election for the branch on or before 23rd of July, 2018.
“The mandates of the committee are to take over all affairs of the Branch including its assets and conduct fresh elections into the various offices on or before the 23rd day of July 2018. You are advised to handover the properties of the Branch in your custody to any of the afore-stated member(s) of the Caretaker Committee ONLY and not to any other person.”
Other members of the committee are Niyi Idowu Esq and Martin Ogunleye Esq.”
The letter sited petitions against the branch Electoral Committee and the dispute emanating from the Branch election as the reason for setting up the Caretaker Committee.
“As a result of disputes that emanated from the conduct of Elections by the Branch Electoral Committee, the NBA president received several petitions from members of your Branch complaining against procedures being adopted by the Branch Electoral Committee.”
“The NBA President constituted a Branch Electoral Committee (BEMC) to investigate these petitions and make appropriate recommendations.”
“The BEMC (Western Zone) in its report indicted some of your Branch Electoral Committee members and recommended its dissolution which was accordingly conveyed to you vide a letter dated 28th June 2018 and vide whatsapp message sent to your GSM number 08023081105 at 10.07 am on 28th June 2018.”
“In the circumstance, it is impossible to conduct fresh elections to elect new officers of the Branch to conduct the affairs of the Branch before the expiration of your tenure today 30th June 2018.”
“It is no gainsaying that the Branch has been polarized to the extent that it shall be practically impossible to appoint members of Caretaker Committee among the past chairmen of the Branch in order to guarantee impartiality and neutrality of the new electoral process.”
“I therefore enjoin you to convey the appointment of the said Caretaker Committee to other members of the Branch as the President seeks for their cooperation in achieving a lasting peace not only in Ikorodu Branch but all other Branches of the NBA.”