NBA 2016 elec­tions: Lawyers de­cide Satur­day

Daily Trust - - LAW - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Come July 30-31, lawyers in the coun­try un­der the um­brella of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) will elect a new set of ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers to run their af­fairs for the next two years.

This year’s elec­tion is unique be­cause the 17-year-old elec­toral guide­lines of the NBA has been jet­ti­soned for a more ro­bust set of rules that al­lows any Nige­rian lawyer who is upto-date in the pay­ment of his or her an­nual prac­tic­ing fee to vote. The mode of elect­ing the na­tional of­fi­cers shall also be by In­ter­net vot­ing.

By con­ven­tion since 2000, the NBA has zoned the pres­i­dency to three zones - North, East and West. This year it is the turn of the North.

Meet the two lead­ing NBA pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates: Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN and Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mah­moud SAN.

Mah­moud was ad­mit­ted to the Nige­rian Bar in 1980. He earned both Bach­e­lor of Law and Mas­ter of Law de­grees from the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Zaria, spe­cial­iz­ing in Com­pany and Labour Re­la­tions Law. He has also re­ceived var­ied train­ing in the United States, United King­dom, Italy and Spain. In 2001 he was con­ferred with the rank of SAN.

He has been So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral, At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice Kano State as well as a mem­ber of the Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee (LPPC).

Mah­moud is to­day the Man­ag­ing Part­ner of Dikko & Mah­moud. The firm which was es­tab­lished in 1993, has over the years ad­vised clients on sim­ple and com­plex le­gal trans­ac­tions.

Gadzama was called to the Nige­rian Bar in 1986 and in 1998 he was con­ferred with the rank of SAN. His law firm has one of the largest pool of lawyers in its em­ploy­ment: at present, there are 40 out of which 20 are ju­niors. The firm reg­u­larly takes in dozens of youth corps mem­bers and, on an an­nual ba­sis ac­cepts a size­able num­ber of stu­dents from the Nige­rian Law School on law of­fice at­tach­ment.

The J-K Gadzama An­nual Lec­tures, al­ready in its ninth year is one big in­for­mal train­ing ground for lawyers con­sid­er­ing the wealth of ideas ex­changed at the ses­sions. Equally im­por­tant is the pres­ti­gious J-K Gadzama Award for best grad­u­at­ing stu­dent which he in­sti­tuted at his alma mater, Univer­sity of Maiduguri and the Nige­rian Law School.

Gadzama is a Fel­low of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Ar­bi­tra­tors and ad­mit­ted into the Lin­coln’s Inn in Eng­land in 2008. He is a Life Bencher and mem­ber Gen­eral Coun­cil of the Bar. He was the pi­o­neer chair­man NBA’s sec­tion of Pub­lic In­ter­est and De­vel­op­ment Law.

J-K Gadzama

A. B. Mah­moud

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