Sanwo-Olu, UN Election Commissioner, Ex INEC REC, Others for Gani Fawehinmi Lecture

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United Nations’ International Elections Commissioner, Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei; Mr. Mike Igini, former INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, and Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, a Public Affairs Analyst & Commentator are among the dignitaries that will deliver speeches at this year’s Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture slated for today.

This year’s lecture will hold this Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the LAHL Bevent Centre of the Lagos Airport Hotel, Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja with the theme: “Free, Fair and Credible Election as Indispensable Tool for National Development.”

A statement by Patrick Agboola, Esq.,gani fawehinmi Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, notes that the 19th edition of the Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) Annual Lecture will be used to preserve the outstanding legacies of the late human and civil rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN and his contribution to the development of law, legal profession and human rights protection, as well as to ensure free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his Rivers State counterpart, His Excellency Governor Nyesom Wike are among the prominent Nigerians expected at the event.

Sanwo-Olu will be the Chief Host while NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN will be the Host. The Chairman of the occasion is Professor Akin Oyebode, former Vice Chancellor of University of Ado-Ekiti.

The Special guests of the day are the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike (Life Bencher).

The NBA statement noted that “The guest speaker is experienced in the conduct of elections in Africa and beyond and is better placed to share her wealth of experience with Nigeria.”

The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN) said that this year’s programme “promises to be memorable.”

The NBA will also use the occasion to engage rapporteurs who facilitate the transmission of the key points that will be raised during the lecture to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei, the United Nations’ International Elections Commissioner; Mr. Mike Igini, a former Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom State, and Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, a Public Affairs Analyst & Commentator are among the dignitaries that will deliver speeches at this year’s Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture slated for this weekend.

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