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Agbakoba denies involvement in new political movement

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Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has distanced himself from a  newly formed political movement known as the National Consultative Front.

Recall that some concerned Nigerians announced the formation of the movement in a communique on Wednesday. According to the communique, the reason for the formation of the movement is “aimed at driving reforms” in the country and providing a credible alternative political class and leadership for Nigeria.

They listed Agbakoba as one of the members alongside Ghali Na’abba, a former speaker of the House of Representatives; Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer; Obadiah Mailafia, ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Oby Ezekwesili, a former Education minister.

Others are Abubakar Umar, Jibo Ibrahim, Chidi Odinkalu, Shehu Sani, a former senator; Remi Sonaiya, former presidential candidate; Tanko Yinusa, Shettima Yerima and Funke Awolowo.

But in a series of tweets on Thursday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said he was not consulted before the group was formed, so he is not part of the movement.

“Dear all, my attention has been drawn to a widely circulated story that I am part of a new political movement known as the National Consultative Front,” the lawyer tweeted.

“Without prejudice to the need for such a political movement, I want to place it on record that I was not consulted and so I am not part of the National Consultative Front.”

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