Controversy: NBA, Ikorodu Branch ignores NBA National directive, elects vice-chairman

Bayo Akinlade- NBA Ikorodu Branch Chairman

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikorodu Branch, Lagos State, on Friday declared Mrs Gloria Cassius the winner of a controversial bye-election conducted for the post of the Vice Chairman of the branch.

NBA Ikorodu branch held its main election on July 25, 2018, after which the post of the Vice Chairman was occupied by Mr Ezekiel Ugbaide under unclear circumstances.

Mr Ezekiel Ugbaide has earlier written complaints to the NBA National Leadership as the substantive Vice Chairman of the Branch, praying the National Leadership to stop an attempt to remove him through bye-election.

In a directive to the Branch Chairman, the NBA General Secretary, Mr Jonathan Taidi directs the Ikorodu branch chairman, Mr Bayo Akinlade to halt the planned bye election.

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But the Branch Ignored the NBA National directive and conducted the bye-election on Friday.

Declaring the result at the branch secretariat, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr Bidemi Sulola, said that the election was free and fair and Mrs Cassius polled 31 votes to beat Mr Ezekiel Ugbaide who scored only one vote.

“The election took place in a very conducive environment; it was credible, peaceful, free and fair because the two candidates were given a level playing ground,” he said.

The Chairman of the branch, Mr Bayo Akinlade, hailed members of the association and the committee for the success of the election.

He said that members of the branch freely expressed their choices through votes.

Akinlade urged Cassius to make integrity her watchword and justify the confidence reposed on her by the members of the branch.

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