Ogunlana Adesina Ademola, the Chairman of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association and aspirant to the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association has issued a statement in response to the Letter of Disqualification by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association from contesting for the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association in the forthcoming 2020 NBA National Elections.
In a statement entitled ,”DO NOT BE DISMAYED …..WE SHALL OVERCOME: BEING THE PRELIMINARY RESPONSE OF OGUNLANA ADESINA , ESQ ( CHAIRMAN, NBA IKEJA BRANCH 2016-2018)TO THE NOTICE OF LETTER DISQUALIFYING HIM FROM CONTESTING FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ( NBA) “, he stated:
“Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters ,
Good morning all. May I respectfully inform you that I have this day, 13th June 2020, at about 6 :10 am, become aware of a mail from the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association ( ECNBA) stating my disqualification from participating in the election for the office of the President of our great Association .
The ECNBA gave a singular reason – absence of LETTER OF GOOD STANDING(LOGS) from my Branch Chairman. ECNBA also stated my right to appeal their verdict within 7 days of receipt of their mail. We thank the ECNBA.
May I further state that I shall APPEAL the verdict. Let me assure every one that my dues for 2018, 2019 and 2020 were duly and fully paid as at when due as stipulated in the Constitution of the Association and which automatically thus entitles me to the LOGS.
The absence of the LOGS was not due to any fault of mine but to the malicious act of the incumbent but now out- going BRANCH CHAIRMAN of the NBA IKEJA BRANCH, Dele Oloke , Esq. Of course , the poisoned antecedents of Oloke as a factional leader of the IKEJA BAR and who eventually lost out to me in the extremely intense intra-Bar leadership struggle of 2016-2017 is well known.
Clearly, the issue for determination is- CAN A BRANCH CHAIRMAN DECLINE TO ISSUE A LETTER OF GOOD STANDING TO AN APPLICANT WHERE APPLICANT TO THE NOTICE OF THE CHAIRMAN HAS COMPLIED WITH THE PROVISIONS AND STIPULATES OF THE CONSTITUION IN THAT REGARD?
May I use this medium to appeal to all our supporters not to be dismayed but to remain not only calm but cheerful. Always trusting in the Faithfulness and Mercies of God and the consistently triumphant forces of GOOD over EVIL I declare to you today, WE SHALL OVERCOME.
OGUNLANA ADESINA ADEMOLA ESQ
13 JUNE 2020″