The first none Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) emerged as men of the wig and gown went to the polls and elected former Chairman, NBA Section on Business Law, Olumide Akpata as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Akpata won by landslide as he polled 9,891 votes out of the total 18,256 ballots cast to beat Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) scored 4,328 votes, while Dele Adesina (SAN) got 3,982 votes.
Electoral Committee Chairman, Tawo Tawo (SAN) declared Akpata winner and thus became 30th NBA President.
He therefore takes over from Paul Usoro (SAN) led executive whose tenure elapses in August.
Stating that history was made, Olumide Akpata Esq. said, “I want to thank each and every one of you who supported me and who was part of this process. I want to salute my entire team who worked tirelessly to make this a reality, sacrificing precious time to deliver our mandate.
“I also want to thank all lawyers for their massive support. The Nigerian Bar Association @NigBarAssoc will work for each and every one of its members and will work for the society too. Indeed, we will make the Bar work for all!” he tweeted.
John O Aikpokpo-Martins emerged 1st Vice President; Adeyemo Kazeem Debo emerged 2nd Vice President; Oduah Joyce is the new General Secretary; Nwadialo Esther Uchenna – Assistant Secretary; Mercy Ijato Agada – Treasurer; and Edun Olukunle – Welfare Secretary.
Anagor Raphael Nnamdi emerged Financial Secretary; Nduka Rapuluchukwu Ernest – Publicity Secretary; Naza Ferdinand Afam – Assistant Publicity Secretary.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State expressed joy that an Edomite who is diligent in his profession and a great manager of men was chosen by the league of learned men.