NBA elections 2018: Who flies the EBF flag

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By Bartholomew Madukwe

With less than six months to the end of the tenure of the Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, SAN-led executive and the election of new national officers to pilot the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association,  NBA for the next two years, the Eastern Bar Forum, EBF will on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during its quarterly meeting endorse candidates that will fly its flag in the forthcoming NBA elections pending the lifting of the ban on campaigns by the National Executive Committee, NEC  of the NBA.

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It is the turn of the EBF to produce the next President of the NBA. The Forum comprises lawyers from the nine states that made up old Eastern Region of the now South-East, Rivers, Cross-River, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states from the South- South geopolitical zone.

During its last meeting in Abakaliki, Ebony State, the EBF according to its tradition, set up a screening under the chairmanship of the chairman of its governing council, Mr. Arthur Elvis Chukwu  to screen all candidates who intend to contest elective positions in the NBA in the forthcoming elections. The committee consequently sent out and published guidelines for candidates who may seek adoption by the EBF from the President to the least office.

It is widely believed that interested candidates might have complied with the rules and regulations of this body.    Consequently, in its quarterly meeting coming up in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Forum will among other things adopt its candidates for the election and thereafter sponsor them for the election.

Meanwhile, four candidates including Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor, SAN, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu,  SAN, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, Mr. Akariwe Ikeazor and Mazi Afam Osigwe have indicated interest to succeed Mahmoud, SAN at the end of his tenure and all of them are from the EBF zone. The last NBA President of EBF extraction was Mr. Okey Wali, SAN who was NBA President from 2012 to 2014. And his successor in EBF family will emerge in Port Harcourt  on Saturday.

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