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Okey Wali SAN
President, Nigerian Bar Association
No. 24, Oro-Ago Crescent,
Off Mohammed Buhari Way,
Garki, Area II
Abuja.

My Dear President,

ZONING AND THE NBA 2014 ELECTIONS

I regret that the 2014 NBA Presidential Elections is getting out of hand and I fear there will be dire consequences. We must not allow the Elections become a “do or die” matter. We are not politicians. That is why when I was President I adopted the inclusion policy so that all zones have the opportunity to produce the President.

We all know that by the zoning convention, it is the turn of the South west region to produce our President. I appreciate the concern and disappointment of the Midwest that it has not been included in our zoning arrangement. This is why when I was President I set up the inclusion committee to review this at our NEC meeting in Maiduguri but unfortunately this has not materialized.

Based on our current arrangements, it is the turn of the South west region and we must all support candidates from the zone. Zoning in the NBA was established at Chief Philip Umeadi’s residence in Onitsha. Although not a binding convention, all past Presidents have been elected based on zoning.

I recognize and empathize with the exclusion of the Midwest but it is in our overall interest to maintain the zoning arrangement. I suggest we do not depart from the zoning arrangement but immediately take steps to address the grievances of the Midwest. Personally, I will be voting for a candidate from the South west region.

Sincerely,

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN

CC. All Past Presidents