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Akpata Emerges New NBA President

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Zainab Sanni

Popular Nigerian lawyer, Mr. Olumide Akpata has emerged as the next President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.

This was announced Thursday by the Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Taiwo Taiwo(SAN) at 12:56a.m.

Olumide Akpata who is a Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars Law Firm won the election with over 50 percent of the total votes cast.

Akpata won the election with a total of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast, while his closest rival, Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes.

Adesina has however called for the cancellation of the exercise, describing it as “a sham”.

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His campaign group, Dele Adesina Support Group, DASAN, also expressed dissatisfaction with the electoral process.

In the petition addressed to Taiwo Taiwo, Adesina claimed that the process was marred by over-voting, disenfranchisement of some eligible voters and non-compliance with the provisions of the NBA Constitution.

One of his grouses is that the verified voters’ list was only published about five hours to the commencement of voting contrary to the provision of the NBA constitution (2015), as amended.

He noted that the constitution provided that the list be released not later than 28 days before the election.

Akpata is now the first non-SAN to lead the Nigerian Bar Association in years.

Other winners were Mr. John Martin for NBA first Vice President; Second Vice President, Mr. Adeyemo Kazeem; General Secretary, Mrs Joyce Oduah; Assistant Secretary, Uchenna Nwadialo; Mr. Olukunle Edun, Welfare Secretary; Dr. Rapulu Nduka, Publicity Secretary and Assistant Publicity Secretary, Mr. Naza Afam.

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