Olumide Akpata has emerged winner of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) national elections, after defeating two other contestants who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).
Olumide Akpata who won the election with a totla of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast, is now the first non-SAN to emerge president of the NBA in years.
His closest rival, Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes.
The election commenced at exactly 11 am on Wednesday, July 29, and ended at 11 pm on Thursday, July 30. It was a virtual voting process where registered members of the association logged into the National Officers Election webpage with their Supreme court numbers and cast their votes.
Congratulatory messages have been pouring out since he emerged president of the NBA, see a few below.
Congratulations to the new NBA president-elect, Olumide Akpata. Congratulations to all lawyers in Nigeria, especially the younger ones who worked hard to effect this change in leadership. You people have done well. Hope his leadership brings the change you desire. – Nedu Ekeke #BBOG @Nedunaija
Congrats to my Learned brother Polyester, Olumide Akpata on his election as NBA President. All candidates were good but the voters spoke. NBA has redeemed its image with credible elections. Olu, work starts tommorow. I am now your greatest critic – Ayuli Jemide @JemideAyuli