NBA IKEJA BRANCH CHAIRMAN BARTHOLOMEW AGUEGBODO, ESQ. RESTRAINED BY THE HIGH COURT OF LAGOS STATE FROM PROCEEDING WITH PLANNED BY-ELECTIONS

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A Lagos State High Court presided over by Honourable Justice D. T. Olatokun today made an Order in Suit No: ID/4747GCW/2021: Roselyn Obakpolor, Esq. & Anor vs. Registered Trustees of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) & 14 Ors – formally restraining the Chairman of NBA Ikeja Branch, Bartholomew Aguegbodo, Esq. (sued as the 2nd Defendant therein) together with other members of the Executive Committee and the purported Election Committee appointed by him, from proceeding with the sham By-elections previously scheduled to take place on the 27th of August, 2021.

At the resumed hearing today, 23rd August 2021, Counsel to the Claimants, Ademola Ijaoba, Esq. sought to move the Motion Ex-parte praying for ‘An order of interim injunction restraining the 2nd to 12th Defendants, including the 14th to 16th Defendants (the purported Election Committee Members) form taking any step or further steps whatsoever towards the conduct of elections into the vacant positions of NEC Rep and Treasurer of NBA Ikeja Branch, pending the hearing of the Motion on Notice for an interlocutory injunction’, amongst other interim reliefs. However, Counsel to the 1st Defendant in the suit (Registered Trustees of the NBA), Suleiman Ehizojie, Esq.

who appeared with Ibrahim Giwa-Osagie, Esq., informed the Court that they had just been briefed and that they intend to file their processes on behalf of the 1st Defendant and in the circumstances asked for an adjournment to enable him to do the needful. He also informed the Court that given the pendency of the suit and the position of the law, parties are bound to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the applications on merit. The Counsel for the 13th Defendant, Kunle Oladoyin, Esq. made a similar application.

In its ruling, the Court made a positive Order directing that the status quo be maintained pending the hearing of the Motion on Notice filed in the suit. The suit was subsequently adjourned to the 13th day of October 2021 for a hearing of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction.

The 2nd Claimant, Mnesoma Joy Unaeze, Esq. was present in Court

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