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NBA rejects proposed constitutional amendment to allow vice president to become president without vote

Sep 4, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) rejected the proposed amendment to the NBA constitution from 2015 (as amended in 2021), which, among other things, removed elections for the presidency.

According to the draught constitution that THE WHISTLER was able to get, the NBA vice president should replace the President when his term is up.

The Constitution Review Committee, led by Chief Asamah Kadiri SAN, drafted and presented the paper to the NBA.

Each National Officer, including the President, should be chosen for a single term of two years, according to the NBA’s current Constitution (amended in 2021).

The NBA’s current Constitution also stipulates that only qualified attorney candidates may run for President.

Yet, the proposed Constitution called for the association’s vice president to succeed to the position of President.

The proposed amendment’s Section 9 (3) (c) states, “With regard to the position of the President, is the immediately preceding Vice President of the Organization. AVOIDING DOUBT, the position of Association President shall be filled by succession, with the exception of the situations indicated in part III of paragraph 4 of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.

As long as there is a vacancy in the Vice President’s position at the time of succession, the President may be elected. This clause will go into effect after the Association elections in 2024.

“In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President, Vice President, or General Secretary, following the death, permanent incapacitation, resignation, or such like, the position shall be filled by another duly qualified member of the Bar from the same zone as the previous occupant, who shall be elected in a by-election to be conducted not later than 45 days following the vacancy,” read part 3 of the second schedule of the proposed Constitution.

It was also stated that an officer chosen in a by-election may only serve for as long as the association’s Executive Committee is still in place.

Nevertheless, the request was turned down in a statement dated September 2 that association spokesman Akorede Lawal sent to THE WHISTLER.

After a decision among attorneys, the NBA’s Annual General Meeting approved the refusal.

The communiqué states that a majority voice vote resulted in a complete rejection of the proposed Constitution.

The following decisions were agreed upon, according to the statement, in part:

“It was determined that the proposed revision of the NBA constitution 2015 (as amended in 2021) be and is thus rejected in its entirety while the existing constitution is kept,” said the resolution passed by a majority voice vote of the members present at the AGM.

The National Human Rights Commission, the Legal Aid Council, and the Council of Legal Education were poorly funded, and the AGM criticized this, calling for sufficient financing of statutory entities for efficiency and performance.

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