What a group of lawyers supporting a particular presidential candidate in the NBA election want to achieve with a petition by Mrs Kehinde Dunmole dated the 13th of August 2018 when they posted it on facebook is apparent to those who know their leanings and appalling to those who do not know them. They are strong supporters of one of the Presidential Candidates running for the election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Continue reading NBA Election: Lawyers Condemn another desperate scheme against Paul Usoro
People who bring people together are bridge builders. You find them in all kinds of places and in all kinds of circumstances. They are very lovable people who wish the very best for other people. I call them “bridge builders”. Continue reading A BRIDGE BUILDER-The quality Lawyers across Nigeria find in PAUL USORO
My family and I, express our commiseration with the wife and family of the late Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State, Chief, Hon. Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma, SAN, the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, and the good people and the Government of Rivers State, on the sad demise of their illustrious Son. Continue reading Hon. Emmanuel Aguma was a quintessential gentleman -Paul Usoro
As the 2018 National Elections of the largest Bar in Africa – the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”), draws nigh, varied gimmicks; schisms, permutations, calculations, campaign of calumnies and bitter politicking are playing out at various quarters, for who occupies the most coveted position – the office of the NBA President. Undoubtedly, all these are humans’ efforts, partly to win the support of lawyers and sadly, to elbow some candidates out of the race. Certainly, the latter is not healthy for a noble association like the NBA. The race for sure, we know is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Only the candidate whom providence shall smile at will wear the crown. Continue reading PAUL USORO, SAN – The Leader that will Reform the NBA
Paul Usoro, a man I met in 1998 after NYSC at a point when I was at the crossroad of deciding which path to pursue in my legal career. When it looked like doing things the crooked way paid better, when it looked like hard work was a dullard’s option. Continue reading Chris Ezeafulukwu-Executive Director TRANSCORP SPEAKS ABOUT PAUL USORO
Should the stamps be issued free to practitioners? I am reluctant to promise any free service or item to practitioners when I do not know, as at date, the health status of the NBA’s finances and in particular, our outstanding liabilities. Continue reading Should the stamps be issued free to practitioners? Paul Usoro’s reflections
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.
If I had any doubts as to the need and urgency for NBA electoral reforms, those doubts have been completely erased by my recent experiences in the run-up to the 2018 NBA Elections. As is commonly known, I am contesting with two others for the office of the NBA President and as part of my consultations in the different Branches of the Association for votes, I was in Port Harcourt recently where my supporters had planned an interactive cocktail party for me at the NBA House. Continue reading Reflections – NBA Electoral reforms PAUL USORO, SAN FCIArb “Non-Inclusive Bar”
The fourth remediation step that I recommend is the constitution of a standing Audit Committee of the Association. The functions of an Audit Committee in any institution include the following which I have adapted for the NBA: Continue reading REFLECTIONS: INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS FOR THE NBA (3) – PAUL USORO, SAN FCIArb