Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) To Boycott Courts Over Polls

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May 12, 2007

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) To Boycott Courts Over PollsBy Ibe Uwaleke

TO register its displeasure over the conduct of the just concluded general elections, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will next week embark on a one-day court boycott.

This was disclosed yesterday by the association’s President, Olisa Agbokoba (SAN) while addressing delegates to the yearly National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Lagos.

He said the elections were flawed in every respect and that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “grossly mismanaged the process”.

According to him, Nigeria was challenged with the elections but the country failed to deliver from the expectations by local and international communities.

To worsen the matter, Agbakoba said, all the observers both local and international, identified and reported the same flaws noticed during the polls.

He, however, recommended that all parties who are aggrieved at the outcome of the polls should go to the election tribunals.

He also called for constitutional amendment that would produce new laws for the next civilian administration.

According to him, the present climate is driven by impunity, disregard for court decisions and law and order, and that a new debate on the constitution would help to resolve all the disparities.

The NBA president explains the reason for the protest: “NBA is grossly concerned about the elections’ outcome and we need to take a strong position and rise to the challenges which the Nigerian people expect of us.”



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