NBA Verdict: Will The New Team Take Us To The Promised Land? By: Abdulrasheed Ibrahim

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The recently concluded NBA election reminds me of a Presidential election conducted in USA many years where if my memory has not failed me Mr. Bush,the Senior having been defeated by Mr. Clinton, said the “American people have spoken”.
Although the NBA election is without controversy,but majority of those that ran in the election have displayed the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the verdict. While Arthur Obi Okafor SAN said he withdrew from the election and called for post election audit of the exercise won by Paul Usoro, SAN,Ernest Ojukwu,SAN on his part asserted that:
“Though a winner has emerged from this present contest,remember we contested against corruption, massive vote buying, vote capture,rigging and a skewed process.
These reasons make a challenge of the result important but because of my long and selfless commitment to regenerating the Bar,and the need not create tension in our legal profession,I shall not contest it”
To me, if all these allegations are true and real,it means as far as credible electioneering in NBA is concerned, the “beautiful ones are not yet born”, apology to the Ghanian novelist ,Kwesi Ayi Amah .
Although there may not perfect democracy but things must not be done in such a way that some would not have the impression of being cheated in the scheme of things.
By the available record, out of the number of voters put at 16,115,only 12,484 voted while 3631 could not vote.In the said election the contestants stand as follows:

Positions
Candidates
Vote Cast
Winner

Presidency
Paul Usoro
4509
Winner

Presidency
Arthur Obi Okafor
4423

Presidency
Ernest Ojukwu
3313

First Vice President 
MO Stanley Chidozie
6188
Winner

Second Vice President 
Dada Foluke Olayemi
4242
Winner

Second Vice President 
Aikpoko-Marrins
2819

Second Vice President 
Akande Oludare
465

Second Vice President 
Oji Benedict Nwosa
1634

Third Vice President 
Igba Theophilus Terhile
6020
Winner

General Secretary
2237

General Secretary 
Balogun Rafiu Oyeyemi
1630

General Secretary 
Taidi Jonathan Gunu
3574
Winner

General Secretary 
Mobolaji Ojibara Idris
1993

First Assistant Secretary 
Ewenode William Onoriode
4724
Winner

First Assistant Secretary 
Ogunrinde Yusuf Olatunji
3545

Second Assistant Secretary 
Naandeti Anas
1367

Second Assistant Secretary 
Obasi Chinyere Gladys
 7142
Winner

Treasurer 
Agada Mercy Ijato
3006

Treasurer 
Chukwuma-Okafor Obianuju Mary
1959

Treasurer 
Olagbegi-Oloba Victoria Banke
4204
Winner

Welfare Secretary 
Anyia Sabastine Ubua
3313

Welfare Secretary 
Usman Joshua Enemali
5474
Winner

Financial Secretary 
Elias Emeka Anosike
5758
Winner

Financial Secretary 
Dorcas Nnennaya Ngwu 
2806

Assistant Financial Secretary 
Marian Nneka Jones 
2454

Assistant Financial Secretary 
Iniobong Irene Pepple 
4294
Winner

Assistant Financial Secretary 
Ogoke SamuelChikaodinaka
 
1188

Assistant Financial Secretary 
Iloghalu Obiora Bede Izuazi 
936

Publicity Secretary 
Williams Ekpo  Anwan 
3322

Publicity Secretary 
Olukunle Edun 
5433
Winner

1st Assistant Secretary
Yusuff Olatunji Ogunrinde
3545

1st Assistant Secretary
Ewenode Onoriode Williams 
4724
Winner

2nd Assistant Secretary 
Obasi Gladys Chinyere
1367

2nd Assistant Secretary 
Anas Naandeti
7142
Winner

Assistant Publicity Secretary 
Akorede Habeeb Lawal 
7310
Winner

Legal Adviser 
Eze Nnamdi Innocent
4368
Winner

Legal Adviser
Farounbi Olayinka Oyeniyi
 4340

With this verdict,all the contestants have done very well.I congratulate them all. In NBA politics, if you don’t win today,you may win tomorrow .
If you don’t believe me , please ask people like Messr AB Mahmoud ,Martins Ogunleye, Dele Oloke and Bayo Akinlade just to mention few ,that how many time did they run?They had all one time or other gone the way of Abraham Lincoln and PMB.For those that lost out ,2020 or other election year is around the corner.
By this I am not discouraging those who may want to ventilate their grievance in the court of law,but the reality on the ground is that those lawyers that will defend your opponents may be very good at filing preliminary objections to buy time.
There is no doubt that the NBA as it stands today is seriously in need of surgical REVOLUTION.
With the trains of promises that went with the electioneering campaign, the question we should be asking Paul Usoro,SAN and his new team now is: Will they take us to the promised land?