4,000 Ghost Voters Smuggled Into NBA Voting Register – South West Lawyers Forum
The South West Lawyers Forum has alleged that 4,000 non-existent voters were smuggled into the voter register for the just concluded national election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The group also known as Egbe Amofin said the election which produced Mr. Olumide Akpata as the new NBA president was fraudulent and unlawful. The group had backed Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN) who came third in the election.
The group made its position known in a communique signed by the chairman of its steering committee, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) and the secretary, Dr, Oluwole Akintayo on August 1. The professional association alleged that asides from the voters smuggled into the register, an international branch of the NBA was created solely for the aim of voting in the election.
The group said the declaration of Olumide Akpata as winner of the election was in violation of the NBA constitution and therefore unlawful because the process marred with fraud.
The group wrote; “Over 4000 ‘voters’ appeared on the emergency voters’ list used for the election and these ghost voters have no identifiable branches or are not linked or traceable to any branch.”
The group alleged further, that there was mass disenfranchisement of eligible voters as only 13,000 of the 29,636 accredited lawyers were able to vote when the voting process ended at 11pm on the Election Day.