One of the aspirants gunning for the Chairmanship of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, Oluwaseyi Olawunmi has another hurdle to cross as a petition has been submitted to disqualify him.
According to the petitioners, the aspirant is not fit to contest going by NBA Unified Bye Law 2015 in determining the eligibility of all candidates.
The Branch will be having their election on 30th of this month.
One of the petitioners, Aikhegbe Bright Odianosen argued that Oluwaseyi Olawunmi is not qualified to run for office as he had earlier held two previous offices under different administrations.
Odianosen pointed out that Section 6(3) of the NBA Unified Bye Law 2015 says that no member of the branch shall occupy the same office for more than two years one term; and any member who has held elective offices as a Branch Officer for two terms shall not be eligible to contest for a Branch office until at least five years after his or her last term of office.
He stressed that Oluwaseyi Olawunmi was the Social Secretary during the admnistration of Adebamigbe Omole 2010 to 2012 and General Secretary under the chairmanship of Yinka Farounbi 2014 to 2016 which makes him not to be eligible to contest.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Committee had disqualified the eligibility of Oluwaseyi Olawunmi on the grounds of no official records of payment for branch due in 2018 as at when due.
In the interest of justice, the concerned stakeholders urged the committee not to be intimidated in the course of discharging it’s duties to uphold the rule of laws.