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The new President  of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, SAN, has made a case for proper funding of the Judiciary.

Mahmoud, who was speaking in Abuja, advocated a proper financial autonomy and self accounting status for that arm of government.

The Senior Advocate expressed worry that so much effort has been put into the reform of the justice sector without concrete impact of such initiatives. 

Meanwhile, a former president of the NBA, Dr Olisa Agbakoba has rejected a call for a fresh presidential election in the association.

A contestant in the election that produced Mr. Mahmoud as president, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, citing irregularities, demanded a repeat election.

Gadzama campaign organisation said that “for failing to be credible, transparent, free and fair and for failing to comply with the provisions of the NBA Constitution and the electoral guidelines”, the election should be cancelled. 

But Dr. Agbakoba, in a statement, said virtually every NBA election has been criticised for being unfair, adding that he could, however, not recall any case where a loser called for cancellation.

“As a former NBA President, I urge the Gadzama Campaign Organisation to take the election results in good faith. It will not be in our interest to create challenges for our association. The newly introduced electronic voting system may have had challenges but it was an innovative easy voting procedure.

“I understand the reaction of the campaign organisation. However, it is important to protect the integrity of NBA. At this stage, what we need as an association is unity. I appeal to the Gadzama Campaign Organisation to accept the election results in good faith and accept A. B. Mahmoud, SAN, as our new President,” Agbakoba said.

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