…accuse NBA Port Harcourt of being an appendage of PDP
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Lawyers in Rivers State yesterday called on immediate resignation of the chairman of Port Harcourt branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Dennis Okwakpam, over last week suspension of the former Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wogu Boms.
The Lawyers, under the aegis of Lawyers Network for Change, said the NBA Port Harcourt in the recent time has become an appendage of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wogu Boms was recently suspended as member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) by the leadership of Port Harcourt branch of the body.
The leader of Lawyers Network for Change, Mr. Dike Iheanayichukwu spoke yesterday after emergency meeting held at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital,
He vowed that his group will not allow the Port Harcourt NBA chairman to constitute himself as an errand boy for PDP
He said it is unfortunate for the leadership of NBA Port Harcourt to take such far reaching decision against the former Attorney General of the state without deeming it proper to hear his own side of story.
He noted that the suspension of the former Attorney General of the state by Port Harcourt NBA has confirmed the long held belief and well known fact that the NBA Port Harcourt branch has been seriously compromised by the PDP.
Dike said: “We are calling on the immediate resignation of Mr. Dennis Okwakpam as Port Harcourt NBA chairman. We want Port Harcourt branch to take the path of honour and reverse the purported decision to avoid further balkanization of the already balkanized bar.
“We don’t want any clash of interest, and we believe that NBA Port Harcourt branch is aware that the purported action is of no consequence as it does not affect the right of Mr. Boms to practice law.”