SPIDEL Webinar: ‘Why We Chose Rhodes-Vivour, Others,’ – Ubani

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA), Dr. Monday Ubani has given insights on why the section chose A-List speakers for its webinar on the recent spate of ex-parte orders by courts. The virtual conference holds today at 4 pm.

According to the fiery human rights activist, each speaker was chosen specifically because of their pedigree and previous roles in the legal and regulatory industry.

“The speakers are leading lights at the Bar and Bench,” said Ubani. “They were specifically handpicked for the conference having played crucial roles in the legal profession.

“Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour is widely respected as one of our finest jurists. Aside from his current role as Chairman of the Body of Benchers which is the regulator of the legal profession, Justice Rhodes-Vivour also has uncommon insights as a foremost member of the National Judicial Council (NJC) which oversights and disciplines erring judges. His eagerly awaited Keynote Address is expected to dissect the vital intersection between the Bench and the Bar in the entire debacle.”

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) was one-time President of the Nigerian Bar Association. Having been a compelling litigator and then a petitioner who has fought several electoral battles through all levels of our courts, he is uniquely placed to address the charge that politicians are in the habit of shopping for ex-part orders that put the judiciary in a quandary.”

According to Ubani, “Mr. J. B. Daudu (SAN) is a household name among lawyers, not least because of his role as former President of the Nigerian Bar Association. More importantly, Mr. Daudu was until recently a longstanding Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), the body charged with disciplining of errant lawyers. Faced with the challenge of some lawyers who are accused of filing frivolous matters, we could not have asked for a better authority on the way forward.”

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Turning to Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) and Chief Justina Offiah (SAN), Ubani described them as “highly respected senior advocates who are known for their integrity and intimidating litigation skills. Their insights as election petition and litigation lawyers will add a gripping perspective to the entire discourse.”

Moderated by former NBA-SPIDEL Chairman, Prof. Paul Ananaba (SAN), the topic of the virtual conference is “Contradictory ex-parte orders of courts over political cases: Implications and consequences.”

To register for the virtual conference, please click here https://www.bit.ly/nbaspidel21. You will receive a confirmation email after a successful registration.

It is recalled that the spate of conflicting ex-parte orders from the lower courts has taken a frenzied turn recently, leading to regulatory interventions by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad as well as the NBA.

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