A former candidate for the office of the president of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Dele Adesina has withdrawn from the contest over the exalted seat.
Adesina had earlier made moves to have the election that produced incumbent president Olumide Akpata cancelled on grounds that the election was not credible.
In a statement titled “NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: A MATTER OF JUSTICE, CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY,” Adesina shocked NBA members by revealing that his petition for the cancellation of the election was backed by four out of the six members of the Association’s Board of Trustees.
He said- “Notwithstanding that the Board of Trustees of the NBA did not go the whole hog according to them “in the interest of the Association;” I nevertheless want to thank the four (4) members out of the six (6) for standing and upholding the truth on this matter.”
He said that he would have “stepped-aside” and called for a re-run had he been declared winner under the same circumstances as NBA President, Akpata, saying: “If I were to be the product of the election that has now been adjudged to be fatally flawed, I would have honourably stepped-aside and call for a re-election. This is because character, honour and integrity are the hallmarks of leadership.”
He therefore thanked his supporters for their steadfastness, saying he has pledged to cooperate with other like-minded stakeholders to wrought electoral reforms within the Bar.