Following the development, the Association's president, Paul Usoro, said in a statement released Friday that the three people who supported the motion two were Southerners and the other a Christian cleric.
He also said the NBA will remain an organisation that has no religious or racial discrimination.
“I have received several messages from our members that have attributed ethnic and religious considerations to the decision.
“That is not correct and is very far from the truth.
“I would like to state that neither the NBA nor NEC belong to any religious or ethnic group.
“We are lawyers and professionals dedicated to the ideals, promotion and preservation of the Rule of Law and we belong to one indivisible family of the NBA.
“As I point out in my letter, neither the NBA nor NEC set out to sit in judgment against Mallam el-Rufai and even from that point, the principle of fair hearing does not apply.
“We are one united Nigerian Bar Association with no religious, ethnic bias or predisposition and we will forever remain so,” he said.