The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Benin Branch, Mr. Pius I Oiwoh, has debunked the stories making the rounds that he has endorsed candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Ize Iyamo, against the upcoming governorship elections slated for Saturday 19th of September, 2020
Oiwoh, in a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer (TNL), described the story as “mischievous”
He said “My attention has been drawn to a false mischievous statement circulating on the electronic media, that I Mr. Pius Oiwoh, Chairman NBA, Benin Branch, has endorsed, the candidate of the APC , Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu in the forhcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State.
“I wish to make it clear that I nor the Branch did not endorse any candidate. 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.”
Oiwoh added that he actually resisted the urge to endorse Pastor Ize Iyamu. He called on members of the Branch to disregard the circulating stories of endorsement and vote for candidates of their choice
“I even resisted the urge to grant a motion calling for endorsement of the candidate of the APC. 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
I urge members of the public to disregard the aforesaid online publication.” Oiwoh said