Only three candidates remain to vie for the chairmanship of the Kano branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Monday’s contest, as one of the four hitherto announced by the electoral committee (ELCOM) backed out on Sunday.
In a letter dated 27th June, 2020, Nura A. Ayagi wrote to the ELCOM to notify it of his decision to “decline my participation in the rescheduled election to be held on the 29th June, 2020 instead of the 24th June, 2020 as earlier stipulated.”
Ayagi appeared to be disenchanted with the decision of the national secretariat of the NBA to override the earlier verdict of the ELCOM, which disqualified two aspirants, called for new nomination of aspirants and scheduled the election for 29th June, 2020. The national secretariat however stopped the election and asked ELCOM to await the decision of an appeal panel it constituted, a panel that some members have dismissed as unconstitutional. The national secretariat wrote again to say that the appeal panel has reversed the decision of ELCOM.
Ayagi said in his letter that his withdrawal was “to register my disagreement with the disturbance of the earlier schedule and activities of ELCOM which resulted in shifting the election to 29th of June and the disfiguration and distortion of the election time-table and the ‘Final’ List of candidates released on 10th June, 2020, all of which actions rubbished the finality of ELCOM decisions and its independence.”
He insisted that he stood with ELCOM’s initial decision “up until the 22nd of June, 2020” adding that he found legal basis for him to participate “in any process thereafter which did not result from the voluntary action and decision of ELCOM.”
ELCOM circulated a notice on Sunday, informing members of the branch that it had received Ayagi’s letter.