Team Gadzama SAN to Shun Election Appeal over Alleged Partisanship of Committee Members, Refusal to Allow Audit

The campaign team of the Presidential candidate in the recently held election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has said that they will not explore the appeal option due to alleged partisanship of some of the Committee members, including its chairperson.

The team’s letter to the NBA President, Olumide Akpata dated Tuesday, 26th July, 2022, reads:

Dear Sir,

RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE NBA NATIONAL ELECTIONS APPEALS COMMITTEE (NBA-NEAC)

Sequel to the issuance of a publication titled: Guidelines for Hearing and Determining Complaint(s) from Candidates in the 2022 NBA National Elections dated 16th July, 2022 which set up the Appeals Committee, we wish to bring to your attention that our candidate, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN will not be exploring the option of approaching the Committee on the following grounds:

1. Non-neutrality of certain members such as the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs. Funmi Roberts (who is more of a supporter of Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN by liking posts on LinkedIn), Mr. Okey Ohagba (who was an active Coordinator in Port Harcourt for Y.C. Maikyau, SAN) and Mrs. Huwaila Muhammed Ibrahim (who actively and openly posted contents on her Facebook platform projecting Y.C. Maikyau, SAN) of the aforementioned Committee poses elements of bias by virtue of their active participation in the campaign activities of Y.C. Maikyau, SAN in the recently concluded National Elections which held on Saturday, 16th July, 2022.

We sincerely believe that the aforementioned persons will not be able to discharge the duties of the Committee devoid of sentiments and biases and hence, present no guarantee of credibility and fairness in administering unbiased decisions and findings. We have attached some screen pictures of displays by these persons in support of Y. C. Maikyau, SAN during the period of campaign activities. Please see Annexure NBA1 and Annexure NBA2.

2. The refusal of the ECNBA to allow an election audit which would examine the Election/Result Logs and the platform for the election as requested by our candidate’s Agent, Andrew Agbo-Madaki in his letter dated Saturday, 16th July, 2022 further renders our cause a herculean task if not an impossible one before the Committee, whose duty is essentially fact finding.

3. As a result of the aforementioned grounds and circumstances, personal reasons of Chief Gadzama, SAN have also arisen.

In precis, we firmly believe that the leadership of the NBA has a duty to maintain a level playing ground for all stakeholders and parties, and to guarantee the integrity of the post-election process.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully.

Chief C.P. Oli

Director-General, J-K Campaign Team

O.E. Oluwabiyi, Esq. Admin Officer, J-K Campaign Team

Find below the annexures


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