Positive reactions have continued to trail the email message by the President Elect of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Paul Usoro’s to his fellow contestants Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor SAN and Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN urging them to join hands with him to build an all-inclusive NBA.
Shortly after Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN’s emotion laden response to Usoro and wise counsel to all stakeholders which highlighted salient reasons why all the contestants should sheath their swords and work with the winner, Chief Bayo Ojo SAN and O.C.J Okocha SAN have also added to their voices to the call for an end to the brewing bitterness.
In his message, Chief Bayo Ojo while congratulating Mr. Usoro SAN, urged him to carry the duo of Prof. Ojukwu and Chief Obi-Okafor at all times.
“Dear Paul, Congratulations on your success at the poll. I wish you a successful tenure. Thank you for letting me into the content of your draft letter to your co-contestants. I believe it is a good idea as the Bar must always be one.”
“Please ensure you carry Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN and Arthur Obi Okafor SAN along at all times. I would also advice that you see the entire Bar as your constituency.”
“In other words, those who did not support you should not be discriminated against.
This, unfortunately, has been the norm in the past and it has not augured well for the Bar. I wish you God’s speed. Best wishes.”
On his part, Mr , O.C.J. Okocha, MFR, SAN commended Mr. Usoro on his reconciliatory move and pledged to assist in ensuring that the three of them work together to move the Bar forward.
“Dear Obong Paul, Greetings, and many thanks for forwarding to me and several others your communication to Professor Ernest Ojukwu SAN and Arthur Obi-Okafor SAN. May I congratulate you once again for you victory in the contest for election as President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).”
“I pray that the Almighty and Eternal God may grant you wisdom, health and strength to enable you discharge the duties of your high office. May I also commend you for being magnanimous in your victory.”
“This is what we all expect, and I hope you will carry on with the same spirit of magnanimity when you assume office as President of our once and for ever great Association.”
“I have taken due notice of your invitation to your co-contestants to join hands with you in the well running of the NBA.”
“I will do my best to convince them to heed your very timely call. Best wishes for every success during your tenure of office, and God bless.