Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has rejected a call for a fresh election by Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN).
Former Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) was declared winner of the NBA election held last weekend.
He polled 3,055 votes to beat Gadzama, who scored 2,384 votes out of 5,439 votes cast.
But the Gadzama Campaign Organisation rejected the result, calling for its immediate cancellation “for failing to be credible, transparent, free and fair and for failing to comply with the provisions of the NBA Constitution and the electoral guidelines.”
Calling for fresh elections, the organisation said collation was done in secrecy, and accused outgoing NBA President, Augustine Alegeh (SAN) of partisanship.
Agbakoba, in a statement, said virtually every NBA election has been criticised for being unfair, adding that he could, however, not recall any case where a loser called for cancellation.
“As a former NBA President, I urge the Gadzama Campaign Organisation to take the election results in good faith. It will not be in our interest to create challenges for our association. The newly introduced electronic voting system may have had challenges but it was an innovative easy voting procedure.
“I understand the reaction of the campaign organisation. However, it is important to protect the integrity of NBA. At this stage, what we need as an association is unity. I appeal to the Gadzama Campaign Organisation to accept the election results in good faith and accept A. B. Mahmoud, SAN, as our new President,” Agbakoba said.