NBA Elections: As Dogara Congratulates Mahmud for Emerging NBA President, Gadzama Insists on Cancellation of Results Citing Lack of Transparency
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, urged the newly elected president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmud, SAN, to use his new position to restore and defend the integrity of the legal profession in Nigeria.
Congratulating Mahmud in a press statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, the speaker implored Mahmud to display good sportsmanship by carrying everyone along in the NBA, irrespective of whether they supported or opposed his emergence as president of the association.
Dogara noted that the integrity of the legal profession needs to be restored to its glorious days, adding that if the NBA president-elect implements his campaign of regulation, representation, re-engineering and public interest, there will be a visible change in the quality of law practice as well as public perception in Nigeria.
The speaker also congratulated other elected executives, urging them to unite and work as one body if their goals to make a difference in the law profession is to be achieved.
Mahmud, a former commissioner of Justice in Kano State, specialised in Company and Labour Relations Law and is a former chairman of the Kano chapter of the NBA.
But the Joe Kyari-Gadzama Campaign Organization, on Monday, rejected the results of the Nigerian Bar Association's election held last weekend.
In press release titled, "Protests Against the Results of the Nigerian Bar Association 2016 Elections' and issued by the organization called for the immediate cancellation of the election results.
"We hereby reject the results of the elections and call for the immediate cancellation of same for failing to be credible, transparent, free and fair and for failing to comply with the provisions of the NBA Constitution and the Electoral guidelines.
"We also call for the conduct of fresh elections (and not internet) elections that will be credible, transparent, free and fair and in compliance with the provisions of the NBA Constitution and the electoral guidelines."
The Gadzama campaign said it had reviewed the situation and circumstances before and during the elections and found that collation was done in secrecy and that it took over one hour twenty minutes before the results were released.
It also accused the NBA's President, Augustine Alegeh, SAN of partisanship and accused him of working with the electoral committee to produce Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud as the winner.
Mahmoud was declared the winner of the election that was conducted over the internet.
The former Attorney General of Kano State polled 3, 055 votes to defeat his closest opponent Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) who polled 2, 384 votes.