The elected National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has reacted to his victory on Thursday.
Akpata emerged as the winner of the electoral process after he defeated two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to become the first non-SAN president in many years.
He polled 9,891 votes out of the total 18,256 ballots cast, while Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) garnered 4,328 votes, and Dele Adesina (SAN) got 3,982 votes.
Akpata was formerly the Chairman, NBA Section on Business Law. The tenure of outgoing Pau Usoro (SAN) led executive elapses in August.
The incoming President in his reaction on Friday noted that history was made on Thursday.
“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.
Tawo Tawo (SAN), Electoral Committee Chairman, declared Akpata winner and the 30th NBA President.
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.