Wednesday, 16 September 2020

NBA, Benin Branch Chairman Denies Endorsing Ize-Iyamu`s Candidacy, Says Neither the Branch Nor Its Chairman Has Endorsed Any Candidate for the Next Governorship Election In Edo State

Mr. Pius Oiwoh 
Chairman  NBA, Benin Branch

The denial is contained in a statement issued on September 16, 2020, by Mr. Oiwoh himself, in his capacity as the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch (The Lion Bar)

"The Disclaimer letter reads:

My attention has been  drawn  to a false and mischievous statement circulating in the electronic media, that I Mr. Pius Oiwoh,  Chairman  NBA, Benin Branch,  have endorsed  the candidate of the APC , Pastor  Osagie Ize Iyamu in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State. 

I wish  to make it clear that neither the Benin Branch of the NBA nor I as Chairman or in my personal capacity endorsed any candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election. In fact both Candidates of the two major political parties in the forthcoming Governorship election visited the Bar secretariat on different days where they were commended for their support to the Bar and the Judiciary while their attentions were drawn to areas of intervention if elected. I even resisted the motion by some individuals or members to  endorse  the candidate of their choice.  At the end of such engagements we urged on members to go and vote a candidate of their choice.

The NBA is an OBSERVER in the election and as chairman of a branch, I am estopped from endorsing a particular candidate as the Bar is apolitical and will not under any circumstance endorse any candidate but supports good governance in all its ramifications.

I urge members of the public to disregard the aforesaid online publication.

Pius I. Oiwoh
Chairman, NBA, Lion Bar."

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