The Governor of the Eastern Bar Forum, His Excellency, Chief Arthur Elvis Chukwu, Esq., ACIArb., KSJI., on behalf of the learned Elders, Senior Colleagues and Members of the EBF heartily Continue reading Eastern Bar Forum congratulates Dr Ogugua Ikpeze on appointment to ASJC
Paul Usoro and Eastern Bar Forum -FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Is Paul Usoro qualified to run for the Presidency of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)?
ANSWER: Yes he is and he has been cleared to run by the Election Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA)
- But the Presidency was zoned to the Eastern Zone?
ANSWER: Yes it was zoned to the Eastern Zone which pursuant to section 2.2(ii) of the third schedule of the NBA Constitution includes Abia, Imo, River, Enugu, Anambra,Cross River,Akwa Ibom and Bayelsea .
- I heard Paul Usoro was not adopted by the Eastern Zone.
ANSWER: Eastern Zone? That is not correct.The EasternZone did not adopt anybody.
- How about Eastern Bar Forum(EBF)?
ANSWER: The Eastern Bar Forum is an association of about 150 members out of more than 15,000 Lawyers in the Eastern Zone .The NBA does not recognize it and there are other lawyers association in the Eastern Zone too so if a small group decides to adopt their member, it is unreasonable to say the whole of the Eastern Zone did.
- Does the NBA Constitution recognize any of these groups?
ANSWER: No. They are unknown to the NBA.
- The Eastern Bar Forum has been saying that it is the turn of the Igbo speaking part of the Zone.
ANSWER: That Association is first of all not recognized by the NBA.Fromtheir Structure,it is made up of people from Old Imo State, Old Anambra State,Old Cross Rivers and Old Rivers State. All these sub zones have produced presidents except old Cross River State so how did they arrive at that?
- Again, the EBF has said that it is not yet the turn of the non Igbo speaking part.
ANSWER: Ok, let us look at history a bit. Since Post crises NBA (1998) the following have been president of the NBA.
- Onueze Chukwujinka Joseph Okocha- Igbo Speaking
- Olisa Agbakoba- Igbo speaking
- Okechukwu Wali- Igbo Speaking
So what exactly are they saying?
- They Said they called Paul Usoro to contest against Okechukwu Wali in 2012 but he refused?
ANSWER: That is the most ridiculous of all allegations. Paul Usoro is not a member of EBF and has never been. How could they have called a person that is not their member to come and contest against their member in 2012? Okechukwu Wali has been a dedicated and loved member of EBF.Ebf could not have invited someone to contest against him especially a non member. This is common sense.
- What is the agreement in respect of General Secretary?
ANSWER: The position of the General Secretary is an Important position,all the time it came to the zone, the following took it
A. Philip Ndubuisi Ume- Igbo Speaking
B. Emeka Obegolu- Igbo Speaking
C. Afam Osigwe- Igbo Speaking
10. Are we not tribalising?
ANSWER: Well, the 2015 Constitution of the NBA tries to ensure fairness; so within the ambit of the constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association which recognizes zoning, it may not be called tribalising.
- I did not know all these about this EBF controversy. More Lawyers should be informed about this.
ANSWER: We agree with you. It has been sold perfectly well to lawyers who do not know. Kindly help educate lawyers on this issue.
The elections into offices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will be held this July. The Eastern Bar Forum, an association that is not recognised by the constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association has been throwing itself about like a severed tail of a wall gecko that will become famished sooner or later from its struggles. Continue reading The EBF wants to turn the NBA to a town Union Association but one thing will be their Achilles heel- Anthony Atata
Article11 of the constitution of the Eastern Bar Forum provides for the procedure for screening of members of the Eastern Bar Forum who intends to vie for elective offices in the Nigerian Bar Association Elections and Article 11.7 provides for the membership of the screening committee whose responsibility is it to screen aspirants of the EBF for NBA elections. The committee comprises of the following members; Continue reading Adoption meeting of the Eastern Bar Forum; An Inside story: S. LONG WILLIAMS ESQ.
I am compelled to react to the misleading narrative that Afam Osigwe was being a poor sportsman and biting the finger that fed him by refusing to submit to EBF endorsement. Nothing can be further from the truth. He is a fine gentleman who refuses to submit to subterfuge, hypocrisy and treachery. Continue reading EBF endorsement: Of hypocrisy and Treachery
Paul Joseph Goebbels was born on 29th October, 1897. The son of a German aristocratic family. He was a master orator and minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945. One of many of his famous quotes was” say a lie nine times and the tenth will become the truth” Continue reading Eastern Bar Forum: Victim of Jaundiced Narratives- So Long Williams
Happening now in the city of Portharcourt where a few members of the Eastern Bar forum are trying to adopt a candidate for the post of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association- A motion has just been raised and some lawyers opposed it. A good number of them who do not support it have staged a walk out.
JUST IN: The EBF has gone ahead to adopt Arthur Obi Okafor with the few members remaining. EBF has exhibited lawlessness in adopting a candidate when the ban is yet to be lifted.
The members who walked away comprising of predominantly south south Lawyers are converging to form another association.
A Founding member of the Eastern Bar Forum(EBF) and a former Chair of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikot Ekpene has disassociated himself and many other members from the adoption plan of the association. Some members of the Eastern Bar forum will be arriving Portharcourt today for a meeting where they intend to adopt a candidate for the position of the NBA President. Continue reading “Responsible members are not attending EBF meeting” .EBF founding member and former Chair