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Body of Benchers passes vote of confidence on Chair, Wole Olanipekun, set to probe 2022 NBA election

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Body of Benchers passes vote of confidence on Chair, Wole Olanipekun, set to probe 2022 NBA election

Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN

The Body of Benchers at its emergency meeting held earlier today, Tuesday, January 24, 2023, passed a vote of confidence on its Chairman, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.

This came on the heel of renewed calls for his resignation by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Y.C. Maikyau, OON, SAN over allegations of malpractices leveled against an erstwhile partner in the Chairman’s law firm.

According to reliable reports, the Body resolved to set up a committee to look into reports of electoral malpractices surrounding the last NBA general election.

In a letter dated Thursday, January 19, 2023 and referenced J-K/ABJ/TS/RFL/01/23, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama OFR, MFR, SAN has written to the distinguished Body of Benchers on the 2022 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) National Elections. Mr Gadzama urged the distinguished body to recall his earlier correspondence of Thursday, July 21, 2022 where he forwarded his press release on the NBA National Elections conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2022 for the kind attention, information and consideration of the Chairman and Members of the distinguished Body of Benchers.

Mr Gadzama emphasized the importance of intimating the members of the apex regulatory body in the legal profession of the occurrences and outcomes of the NBA poll and that he had attached relevant documents for reference.

Recall that the NBA President, last Thursday, in a new letter made available to our correspondent, and addressed to the Secretary of the Benchers, Mr Maikyau asked Mr Olanipekun to resign as Chairman of the August body after similar demands last year by himself and the immediate past NBA President, Olumide Akpata were ignored.

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