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Sokoto NBA elects first female chairman

The election which was free and fair was conducted at the association’s secretariat along the Mai Ruwa Roundabout in the...


Sokoto NBA elects first female chairman

Story from Uji A.ILYASU

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Sokoto state chapter, has elected its first female chairman, Barrister Rashidat Mohammed, to run its affairs for the next two years.

The election which was free and fair was conducted at the association’s secretariat along the Mai Ruwa Roundabout in the Sokoto metropolis on Saturday.

Rashidat Mohammed’s election was spectacular because all the offices were contested unopposed except that of the chairman and the assistant secretary of the association.

She emerged victorious with 70 votes to beat her opponent Yahaya Yanusa Gwazawa who scored 68 votes.

The post of assistant secretary went to Barrister Mohammed Anas Shuni who scored 70 votes to beat his opponent Barrister Fatima Attahiru Hassan who scored 67 votes.

Barrister Mohammed Mansur Aliyu emerged unopposed as vice chairman, while the office of the secretary went to
Umar Aliyu, the office of the treasurer was taken by Barrister Mohammed Buhari Abubakar and Ibrahim Sale Zamau Suwaiba got that of the provost.

Others elected unopposed are social secretary, Barrister Yusuf Nawawi; welfare secretary, Barrister Faruk Abdullahi and publicity secretary, Aminu Hassan.

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The election was conducted under the watchful eyes of Barrister
J. E. Ochidi SAN, with full transparency and accountability of all the total number of accredited votes, total votes cast and total invalid.

The oath of office was administered shortly after the election by Justice Kab Mahmoud, a judge of the high court.

In his remarks, the chairman of the election committee, Barrister Ochidi congratulated the newly elected members for winning the election while calling on them to justify the confidence reposed in them.

He called for the support and cooperation of all members of the association to the new executives in their efforts to move the sssociation forward.

In her post-election speech, the new NBA chairman, Barrister Rashidat Mohammed thanked members of the association for their support and encouragement, adding she will remain grateful to them for giving her an opportunity and mandate to lead them.
she said the welfare and interest of the entire members of the asssociation will remain paramount throughout her tenure.

“I will continue to represent your interest wherever I find myself,” she reassured.

The outgoing chairman Mohammed Nuhu, expressed appreciation to the entire members of NBA Sokoto for their support and cooperation throughout his two-year tenure in office.

He, however, congratulated the new executives for working together as a team to achieve success.

”Be honest, transparent and truthful to your members, ” the former chairman advised the new executives.

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