Festus Keyamo, a Nigerian lawyer and politician, recently made a statement on his Twitter handle regarding the inauguration of the newly elected president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata. Keyamo expressed his disappointment in the misinformation being spread about the legality of Akpata's inauguration.
In his tweet, Keyamo referred to those spreading the false information as "nattering nitwits" and "poor fellows" being taken advantage of by unscrupulous characters. He also dismissed the idea of foreign lawyers being flown in to stop the inauguration as baseless and unfounded.
The NBA is the umbrella body for all lawyers in Nigeria, and its leadership is elected every two years. Akpata, a former chairman of the NBA Section on Business Law, won the presidency in August 2020, defeating two other candidates. His inauguration is scheduled to take place on May 29, 2020.
The NBA election was marred by controversy, with allegations of vote buying, rigging, and manipulation. Some aggrieved candidates have gone to court to challenge the outcome of the election. However, Keyamo, who is also a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), noted that there was no legal basis to stop Akpata's inauguration.
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