NBA 2020 Election: ECNBA Bars Presidential Candidates from Participating in ‘The Platform’ Debate


The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has reminded NBA presidential candidates that participating in an interactive session organized by The Platform Nigeria is a violation of the provisions of the NBA Constitution on electioneering and therefore not approved.

The above reminder is contained in an email signed by the Secretary of the ECNBA Mrs. Cordelia Eke. The email reads in part:

Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to the attention of the ECNBA that Candidates in the NBA National Elections have been engaged in various forms of electioneering campaigns without regard to the provisions of the NBA Constitution 2015 (as amended) and the guidelines set out by the ECNBA.

We would like to draw your attention to the provisions of the NBA Constitution, the ECNBA Election Guidelines and ECNBA Statement No. 014 which clearly prohibit any form of campaign, save for that which is provided for in the Constitution.

For the avoidance of doubt and as previously communicated to the Presidential Candidates, the proposed advertised interactive session for NBA Presidential Candidates organized by The Platform Nigeria, scheduled to hold on Sunday 19th July 2020, does not meet with the approval of the ECNBA.

We count on your usual understanding and cooperation as we strive to carry out a respectable and responsible electoral exercise for our dear profession.

Accept the professional regards of the ECNBA.

Cordelia U. Eke

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