A non-political group,Alliance For Justice In Nigeria has called on President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),Barrister Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau,SAN to shelve the hurriedly planned disciplinary action against the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa in Adamawa State in the 2023 General Elections,Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari.
The group in a letter signed by Dr.Tizhe Tumba Joseph, President and Ibrahim Buba Kojoli,Secretary General ,which was addressed to the NBA President,accused the Barr Maikyau of unilaterally caused an action to refer Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for investigation and possible sanctions.
The letter read in full;
OPEN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NBA): BARRISTER YAKUBU CHONOKO MAIKYAU, SAN ON THE HURRIEDLY PLANNED DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST BARRISTER HUDU YUNUSA ARI
A People eager to prejudge guilt as opposed to innocence, are a people ripe and ready to become a despot’s willing executioners.
It is important to unequivocally state that our association is a nonpolitical, non-cultural and non-religious umbrella with membership drawn from young, vibrant and focused progressives in Nigeria who are passionately poised to promote fairness and engender social justice, unity and harmony amongst Professionals.
Our position is precipitated by your recent outburst on the issue of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari, the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa State in the 2023 General Elections. According to the facts available at our disposal, you have in your capacity as the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) unilaterally caused an action to refer Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for investigation and possible sanctions.
Please NOTE that we are neither sponsored nor linked directly or indirectly to Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari but rather WE ARE ON OUR OWN to fight for the glaring injustice and unfair treatment you intend to mete out to him or any other person whose cause is known to us as we have been famous in the industry for more than a decade!
It may interest the general public and Nigerians of good conscience to also note the following posers:
When the matter of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari is currently pending to be adjudicated before the Adamawa State High Court with a charge No HC/ADSY/15/2023 filed on 5th July, 2023, whose interest are you desperately pursuing that you cannot wait for the Judiciary to dispose-off the case for determination as to whether or not he is guilty?
When the case of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari is currently pending before the Adamawa State Electoral Petition Tribunal with No. EPT/AD/GV/01/2023, whose interest are you desperately pursuing that you cannot wait for the Judiciary to dispose-off the case for determination as to whether or not he is guilty?
Where were you when the lawyers of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri kept objecting to the appearance of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari at the Adamawa State Governorship Tribunal on’ 22nd July, 2023 which could have given him the golden opportunity of presenting facts for the benefit of the public and for posterity?
Why are you contradicting the consistent position of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in the case of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari to the effect that lawyers must refrain from comments or taking steps on matters pending before courts of law in the overall interest of justice?
What effort have you made to personally or officially seek to know, hear or find out from Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari on his consistent and unapologetic position that his action for declaring Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the Adamawa State Governorship Election was informed by some documents before him and the circumstances he found himself, and the need to uphold the integrity of the Electoral Empire seeing the Returning Officer and the two National Officers despatched to supervise the elections were bent in denigrating the credibility of the elections?
Flowing from the above, we hereby crave your indulgence to be guided by the quotation of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus who enthuses thus: “No Man will hinder thee from living according to the reason of thy own nature; nothing will happen to thee contrary to reason of universal nature”. In our considered opinion and taking into cognizance the universal principle of fair hearing, we believe that Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari ought to be presumed innocent until a competent Court of Jurisdiction finds him guilty.
In conclusion, we wish to use this medium to appeal to you that as far as the case of Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari vis-a-vis the Adamawa State Governorship Elections Tribunal are concerned, the speed at which you are pursuing the case is to say the least, not only bunkum but gibberish and counter-productive to the administration of justice in Nigeria.
We therefore urge you to use your influence and authority as the President of NBA to sheathe your sword of summarily sentencing Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari through the instrumentality of the NBA organs and allow due process of the law to take its deserving course. When you hearken the clarion call of Nigerians by suspending or withdrawing the disciplinary action initiated against Barrister Yunusa Hudu Ari, we assure you that you shall not only succeed in your leadership of NBA but also continue to elicit goodwill and support even long after your tenure expires.
A stitch in Time saves Nine!
Long Live Nigerian Bar Association!
Long Live Adamawa State!!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
Dr.Tizhe Tumba Joseph
Ibrahim Buba Kojoli