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Electoral Defeat: Choosing between the Law and Lawlessness

By: Abdulrasheed Ibrahim

With just very few days to electorally determine who will carry the day between Atiku and Buhari, it has become necessary again to caution our politicians to be ready to accept the outcome of the election whichever way it goes. For now, I am neither a card carrying member of APC nor that of PDP or any political party. I am just an ordinary Nigerian citizen that is very concerned about having a credible election devoid of rancour and hostility. Any politician that is fairly defeated in the election must take that in good faith and move on as that will not be the end of the world. I am personally not comfortable with the words of threat coming out from some politicians particularly the one recently attributed to the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Secondus threatening fire and brimstone if the election did not go his own way. The question we need to ask here is that: must heaven fall if any political party loses an election?

I think the advice we need to give to any political party that loses in the coming elections is to go the Election Petition Tribunal set up by the law to look into such grievance rather than embarking on act of lawlessness that will not blow any good wind. We do not want the repeat of bloodshed that happened in the past as a result of the refusal to accept the outcome of the election verdict. The Nigerian history is full of many unfortunate incidents that I will not like to chronicle here. The message here is that those who may be aggrieved by the outcome of the election verdict should embrace the law rather than the lawlessness.

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NBA constitutes election monitoring committee

In preparation for the coming general elections, the NBA has constituted a committee at the national NBA level to monitor and report on the elections.

NBA NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE MONITORING OF THE 2019 NATIONAL ELECTIONS

  1. I am pleased to announce the constitution of a Committee, at the National NBA Level, made up of the underlisted members, to monitor and report on the 2019 National Elections.

Nos….Name… Gender…. Position

Osun Governorship Elections (“Osun Monitoring Committee”) that were held in

  1. Mazi Afam Osigwe…. M…. Chairman
  2. Olalekan Thanni… M…. Member
  3. Ato J Bulus…. M… Member
  4. Rosemary N Emovon… F… Member
  5. Samuel Atung… M…. Member
  6. Adamma Isamade F Member
  7. Abiye Tam-George… F… Member
  8. Saliu O Jimoh… M… Member
  9. Mohammed Muntasir Adamu….M…. Member
  10. Mukosolu Okafor… F…. Member
  11. Olanrewaju Obadina… M… Member
  12. Moses Ede….M… Member
  13. Samuel Obot…. M…. Member
  14. Abibat Delayo Oriekun…. F…. Member
  15. Endung Anthony Idoko…. F…. Member
  16. Barbara Omosun…. F…. Member
  17. Prince Igaja…. M…. Member
  18. Adija Abok Nyam…. F…. Member
  19. Chioma Unini… F…. Member
  20. Isah Abubakar Aliyu…. M…. Member
  21. Habeeb Lawal Akorede…. M ….Natl Asst. Publicity Sec
  22. Liman Salihu…. M…. Secretary. 2. Prior to their appointment, I spoke on this assignment with each of the afore-listed Committee members and I thank them for agreeing to serve. I thank in particular, Mazi Afam Osigwe, for accepting to serve as the Chairman of the Committee. The 2015 National Elections were conducted during his tenure as the General Secretary of the NBA and it is the experience and skills that he garnered at the time in monitoring those Elections, amongst other attributes, that recommend him for this assignment. 3. Almost all our colleagues that served in our Monitoring Committee for the

September 2018 have been reconstituted into this enlarged National Committee. The

Osun Monitoring Committee did the NBA very proud in all respects and we are

building on the credibility of that team and their report of that Election in carrying

out the present assignment.

4. In each State of the Federation (the Federal Capital Territory inclusive), we

have, in collaboration with the Branches in the States constituted monitoring

committees that would work with the National Monitoring Team in monitoring and

reporting on the Elections in the respective States. We thank the Branches for their

support and assistance in carrying out this national assignment and count on the

professionalism, devotion to duties and patriotic spirit of the constituted teams in

the various States.

5. The National Monitoring Team will operate mostly from Abuja but would

maintain direct and unbroken communication with the feeder teams in the various

States of the Federation. National Officers and our Secretariat personnel will also be

on hand to assist both at the State and National levels. Our members with ideas and

suggestions for the teams are welcome to pass them on either directly to the

Chairman of the National Committee or through our National Secretariat.

6. The task before the Committees is enormous but we have confidence in the

teams that we have constituted both at the national and State levels and we assure

Nigerians that the NBA will live up to its reputation for fact-based reporting, non-

partisanship, integrity and objectivity in its monitoring of the Elections, not any

different from our monitoring and reporting of the Osun Governorship Elections

which remains a Nigerian reference point in election monitoring and reporting.

Paul Usoro, SAN

President

Nairobi Legal awards to hold on the 25th of April

Preparations have started for the second edition of the Nairobi Legal awards organised by the law society of Kenya, Nairobi branch

The Law Society of Kenya- Nairobi Branch, is a branch of the Law Society of Kenya tasked with improving the standards and conditions of legal practice in Nairobi and Thika regions. The Society represents about 70% of the lawyers in Kenya who make up to 6,000 active advocates. The Society has set up an Awards Programme to promote excellence in legal practice and service delivery through recognizing outstanding legal practitioners, departments and firms.

The Gala of the second edition of the Nairobi Legal Awards (NLAs 2018-19) is proposed to be held on 25th April 2019 (This date is subject to revision).
Members are requested to nominate awardees for the following categories:

1.Law Firm of the Year large (16+ lawyers ),medium (6-14),boutique (1-5 Lawyers)

2.Lawyer of the year
(Overall Lawyer ,In-house Counsel,public sector lawyers
3.Young Lawyer (less than 5years)
4.Pupil Master of the Year Legal Department of the Year
5.Judicial Officer of the Year
Nominations and sponsors for the event are welcome.

For further information, contact the branch via lsknairobi@gmail.com or 0707256140

Valedictory session for late DR Chinedu Efe

TAKE NOTICE that the Valedictory Special Court Session of our quintessential scribe, man of letters, secretary par excellence, erudite lecturer, loyal and active member of the Bar with uncommon dedication and commitment to activities of the branch, late Dr. Chinedu Efe shall hold as follows:
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9 am prompt.
Venue: High Court of Justice, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State.
TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that distinguished members of the Bar are enjoined to turn out en masse to accord him a befitting legal professional rites of passage.
Members are requested to be seated at 8. am prompt.

RULE OF LAW ALERT: Does Nigeria’s Supreme Court Have Original Jurisdiction to Entertain the Case Filed by the Senate Over CJN Onoghen

(A Legal Opinion by Sylvester Udemezue)

+BACKGROUND

Supposedly acting in obedience of an Ex Parte Order said to have been issued by Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), directing the Federal Government to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria who is currently standing trial at the CCT on allegations bothering on late declaration and non-declaration of his assets and alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had on 24 January 2019 suspended Hon Justice Walter Onoghen, CJN, and appointed Hon Justice Tanko Mohammed, JSC, as Ag CJN, pending the determination for the case against CJN Justice Onoghen. Angered by the development, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 28 January 2019, instituted an action at the Supreme Court of Nigeria “to seek judicial interpretation to Onnoghen’s suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari.” In the suit marked Suit No; SC/76/2019, the Senate prayed for the following orders of the Supreme Court:

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NBA PRESIDENT EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO ALL LAWYERS WHO STOOD FIRM ON DUE PROCESS

NBA PRESIDENT EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO ALL LAWYERS WHO STOOD FIRM ON DUE PROCESS

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN and the National officers gladly convey their gratitude to members for the huge support and solidarity in observing the two day boycott of courts. The boycott recorded a huge success.

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Onnoghen-More NBA branches report compliance with boycott directive

More branches of the Nigerian Bar Association have reported compliance with the directive of the association to boycott courts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lawyers at the High Court,Igbosere Lagos reported about 75% compliance as a few lawyers were seen moving around.

The High court Ikeja recorded a tremendous success as an enforcement team of lawyers were on ground to stop any potential court proceedings .

The Nigerian Bar Association Kaduna and Jalingo complied with the directive along with Owerri branch.

Nigerian Bar Association ,Aba recorded a 100% success as lawyers only came to court to take dates for their matters.

Awka and Onitsha boycott were successful including the whole branches in Cross River State where all Lawyers complied with the directives.

In Makurdi,the success was 100% .

Lawyers in Warri,Effurun,Uromi,Oleh stood strongly with the directives.

Pockets of activities took place in a few Abuja courts until lawyers started leaving in the afternoon when some of the courts did not sit.

More reports are awaited.