Members of the NBA Ikeja Branch at the Branch Monthly Meeting on 2nd March, 2020, unanimously adopted the candidacy of Deacon Dele Adesina SAN as the sole candidate for the office of President of the Nigerian Bar Association (OPNB).
The motion was moved by a very senior member and Past Secretary of the Branch, Chief Richard Ahonaurogo and seconded by another Past Secretary of the Branch and Immediate Past National Welfare Secretary, Mr. Adesina Adegbite. The resolution was overwhelmingly carried with thunderous applause from members of the Branch.
Prince Dele Oloke, the Chairman of the NBA Ikeja Branch delivered a message from Egbe Amofin O’odua which is the umbrella body of lawyers from Yoruba extraction. It can be recalled that on Saturday, December 14, 2019, Egbe Amofin picked Dcn Dele Adesina SAN out of five contestants as its official candidate for the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2020. In making the choice, Egbe Amofin set up a committee to look at all candidates vying for the position and recommend one candidate that the Egbe will support and endorse for the election.
The committee which was chaired by Chief Akintola and comprised of all NBA Branch Chairmen in the South West in delivering its report stated that it set up certain yardsticks a candidate must possess to qualify. The yardsticks include that such a candidate must have a good and standard practice, must have leadership skills, must be a person who is receptive to the generality of members, must have experience in general law practice and must be exposed. Such candidate must also have played a significant role in the NBA as a professional body. He must also be a person of integrity without any corruption case against him. He must also have widespread appeal in other zones of the association. Chief Akintola said having considered all these, the committee then voted and Dele Adesina SAN came out tops.
Prince Dele Oloke further stated that Chairmen of the Southwest zones have been given the mandate to impress it on their members that Dele Adesina, SAN is the only OPNBA endorsed candidate of the Southwest Zone. In the same spirit Chief Richard Ahonaruogho added that he is particularly happy about the choice of the branch to adopt Dele Adesina, SAN as the NBA presidential candidate.
Mr. Adesina Adegbite, a Past Secretary of the Branch and Immediate Past National Welfare Secretary also added that the mandate of Egbe Amofin endorsing Dele Adesina, SAN was unanimously done by the Forum and reaffirmed at the forum’s last meeting which held last month at the Afe Babalola Bar Centre, Ibadan, Oyo state.
The record achievements of Dele Adesina SAN within and outside the NBA also speaks for itself, as the Past General Secretary of the NBA, he facilitated the creation of the various NBA Sections, passionately protected the rights of the NBA Members and led the way for the promotion of the welfare of lawyers.