Olumide Akpata has emerged winner of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation’s (NBA) nationwide elections, after defeating two different contestants who’re Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). This victorious win makes him the NBA’s first non-SAN President in years.
Akpata received the election with a complete of 9,891 votes of the whole 18,256 ballots solid, whereas his closest rival, Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes.
The election commenced at precisely 11 am on Wednesday, July 29, and ended at 11 pm on Thursday, July 30. It was a digital voting course of the place registered members of the affiliation logged into the National Officers Election webpage with their Supreme court docket numbers and solid their votes.
Proper from Wednesday evening when the elections began, Akpata maintained the lead with greater than 50% of the votes at each quarter-hourly replace, and he maintained the lead as much as the shut of the election at 11pm on Thursday.
About 29,636 eligible voters had been registered, and the election committee despatched the voting hyperlink to the registered members by way of emails and sms.
Saying the winner at 12:50am on Friday, Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA, Tawo Tawo (SAN) stated;
“I, Tawo Tawo, the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (ECNBA), because the electoral officer for the 2020 Nationwide Officers’ Election, hereby declare Akpata Olumide Anthony, having scored the best variety of votes solid and happy the provisions of the structure of the NBA 2015 (as amended), the winner of the election into the workplace of the President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation”.
What this implies
This outcome represents a sudden change within the order, as Akpata is now the primary non-SAN to guide the Nigerian Bar Affiliation in years. Suggestions from members of the NBA signifies that there was a long-standing starvation for a paradigm shift. And now it seems most of the affiliation’s members have an excellent motive to be excited.
An early victory tweet learn, “Pricey Younger Legal professionals, Our Champions League Trophy is lastly coming house. Lets proceed to attain (vote) and maintain a clear sheet (defend) until 90+4′ #OluForAll“.
Nairametrics understands that Akpata’s determination to contest for the place was initially met with blended reactions. Nonetheless, tweets and different posts seen throughout varied social media platforms recommend that he has managed to meaningfully captivate/enchantment to the conscience of the younger legal professionals who, apparently, make up the vast majority of NBA membership.
Very clear that Olumide Akpata is profitable this.
And it is not only a victory for him, it is also a victory for younger Nigerian legal professionals; a victory for legal professionals who’ve resisted the SAN hegemony; and a victory for social media too.
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) July 30, 2020
About Olumide Akpata
Olumide Akpata was born on 7 October 1972 and attended the distinguished King’s Faculty in Lagos. He was referred to as to the Nigerian bar on 15 December 1993 after acquiring his regulation diploma from the College of Benin the earlier 12 months.
His regulation profession began below the late Dr Mudiaga Odje (SAN) throughout his Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC), earlier than becoming a member of Templars shortly after it was established.
He has spent over twenty years working towards with Templars, and is at present Senior Accomplice and Head of the Company and Industrial follow of Templars. He advises on varied elements of Nigerian Company and Industrial Regulation, together with Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Company Regulation, Labour and Employment, Media leisure, expertise, and regulatory compliance.
He was elected as Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) Part on Enterprise Regulation (SBL) council in January 2012, and subsequently because the Vice-chairman in August 2014, earlier than rising because the Chairman in August 2016.
After handing over to his successor, he nonetheless sits on the Council of the NBA-SBL and can be the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the Worldwide Bar Affiliation’s Africa Regional Discussion board.
Again to the NBA elections: Different positions
Out of six candidates, John O Aikpokpo-Martins emerged as the primary vp with 6,010 votes, and Adeyemo Kazeem Debo emerged 2nd Vice President with 8,794 votes defeating his solely contender.
Different elected officers embrace Oduah Joyce, Common Secretary; Nwadialo Esther Uchenna, Assistant Secretary; Mercy Ijato Agada, treasurer; and Edun Olukunle, welfare secretary.
Extra so, Anagor Raphael Nnamdi is the brand new Monetary Secretary; Nduka Rapuluchukwu Ernest (PhD) is Publicity Secretary; whereas Naza Ferdinand Afam is Assistant Publicity Secretary.