ECNBA Warns NBA Presidential Candidates Against Attending Platform Nigeria’s Interactive Sessions
Presidential candidates of the forthcoming NBA Presidential Elections have been warned by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA), against participating in a series of interactive sessions organised by The Platform Nigeria, a public interest outreach of a popular church in Nigeria. The sessions were scheduled to hold on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
The ECNBA, in its notice to the candidates, warned that the interactive sessions did not “meet with the approval of the ECNBA.” The notice, obtained by LAWYARD, cited the ECNBA Statement 014, the NBA Constitution and the ECNBA Election Guidelines as the basis for its decision.
The content of the email by ECNBA, which was signed by its secretary, Cordelia Eke, reads:
It has come to the attention of the ECNBA that Candidates in the NBA National Elections have been engaged in various forms of electioneering campaigns without regard to the provisions of the NBA Constitution 2015 (as amended) and the guidelines set out by the ECNBA.
We would like to draw your attention to the provisions of the NBA Constitution, the ECNBA Election Guidelines and ECNBA Statement No. 014 which clearly prohibit any form of campaign, save for that which is provided for in the Constitution.
For the avoidance of doubt and as previously communicated to the Presidential Candidates, the proposed advertised interactive session for NBA Presidential Candidates organized by The Platform Nigeria, scheduled to hold on Sunday 19th July 2020, does not meet with the approval of the ECNBA.
We count on your usual understanding and cooperation as we strive to carry out a respectable and responsible electoral exercise for our dear profession.
Accept the professional regards of the ECNBA.
Cordelia U. Eke