Nigerian lawyers went to the polls Wednesday, in Abuja, to elect a new leadership but one day after, the man who lost the presidential position, Emeka Ngige, is accusing the Nigerian Bar Association of orchestrating “serious manipulations and grave anomalies” at the Conference that produced Okey Wali as president.
Mr. Ngige, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, claimed that the outgoing executive were so desperate to install Mr. Wali that they had names of dead members on the voters roll.
“The entire process for the elections were marred by irregularities and gross abuse of the electoral process, all aimed to achieve a desired outcome,” Mr. Ngige lashed out in a release Thursday.
He said although he holds no grudges against the new president, he rejects the “electoral process [that] was mindlessly manipulated by the outgoing leadership…to truncate the true wishes of the delegates.”
He accused the NBA of placing obstacles on his path.
“I wrote to the General Secretary of the NBA, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akinboro on 28th June 2012 requesting especially for a copy of the Delegates/Voters List,” Mr. Ngige said. “The list was never issued to me by the current NBA leadership.”
He added that in his bulk messaging alerts to members, he raised alarm on several occasions that even 48 hours to the elections, the delegatesl list was still shrouded in secrecy.
“The list was eventually released for public scrutiny barely 24 hours to voting. True to our worries, the displayed list was riddled with serious anomalies, irregularities and contradictions,” he said.