At about an hour to midnight yesterday, 30 July 2020, the elections for the various offices of the Nigerian Bar Association were concluded. The elections were conducted from 11pm on 29th July 2020 to 11pm on 30th July 2020 on a platform called “election buddy”. Various people have referred to the voting system as “very transparent” as everyone could view the results in real time, and many have even urged Nigeria’s elector body, INEC to adopt same.
At about 11:45pm yesterday, 30th July 2020, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA in an online broadcast officially declared Mr. Olumide Akpata winner of the Presidential elections having gotten 9891 votes representing 54.3% of the vote cast to defeat Babatunde Ajibade who polled 4328 votes and Julius Adesina who scored 3982 votes.
It is very notable that Akpata not only defeated his two contenders with an astoundingly significant number of votes, but is also the first non Senior Advocate of Nigeria to be President of the Bar since 1989, when Alao Aka-Bashorun served as President of the Bar. It is on record that Alao Aka-Bashorun is regarded as one of the finest Presidents the Bar has had yet. Akpata’s goal is to do even better.
Akpata’s victory is a breath of fresh air and proof that Nigerian lawyers are tired of the status quo and the poor condition of the profession thus far. They showed their confidence in Akpata’s capacity and vision by coming our en masse to vote for him.
Former NBA President, and indeed the one who introduced the universal suffrage system in the NBA, Austin Alegeh, SAN, has congratulated Akpata on his victory in a letter sent in the late hours of last night. Other congratulatory messages have been pouring in, while many commend the transparency of the election process.
Another candidate in the elections, Dr. Ajibade, SAN has also Congratulated Mr. Akpata.
Akpata is set to take over from the incumbent President, Paul Usoro, SAN, in August this year.
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