As lawyers in the country go to the polls to elect a new chairman for the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), one of the presidential aspirants, Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN, wants the election postponed due to lack of transparency and shoddy preparations by the electoral committee.
The Gadzama Campaign Organisation also accused the NBA president, Augustine Alegeh SAN, of openly supporting and canvassing for votes for the rival candidate.
Gadzama is competing against Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN for the presidency in a year where it has been zoned to the North.
The Gadzama campaign organisation, which spoke through one of its members, Prof. Maxwell Gidado (SAN) told a press conference in Abuja on Thursday that there was the need to shift the election so as to accommodate all the updates in the voters register and to ensure that eligible voters were not disenfranchised in the process.
Gidado said the introduction of the “universal suffrage” for the election was commendable because it would give every lawyer equal participation in the choice of the NBA leadership but, regretted that the noble idea was being negated by certain actions and/or inactions.
According to him, the J.K Gadzama Campaign Organization has chronicled the anomalies and brought them to the attention of both the ECNBA and the NBA President for necessary correction to guarantee a free and fair elections.
Gidado said the NBA was supposed to act as the conscience of the nation and to show examples especially in issues of democratic practices.
He however said the brazen show of preference for and serious capital and human resource investment into promoting one candidate over another by the NBA president undermined the integrity of the entire elections.