Former President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Olumide Akpata over his emergence as the President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
Naija News reports that Akpata, who is the only candidate who was not a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) at the election, defeated Babatunde Ajibade and Dele Adesina, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
Akpata won the 2020 elections with 9,891 votes to defeat Babatunde Ajibade who polled 4,328 votes and Julius Adesina who scored 3,982 votes.
The chairman electoral committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA), Tawo Eja Taw, declared him the winner of the exercise.
“I Tawo Eja Taw, the chairman electoral committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA), as the electoral officer for the 2020 national officers election hereby declare that Akpata Olumide Anthony, having scored the highest number of votes cast and satisfying the provisions of the constitution of the NBA 2015 as amended, as the winner of the election into the office of president of the NBA,” Taw declared.
Reacting in a post on Twitter, Atiku expressed confidence in Akpata’s ability to do well.
“Olumide Akpata’s victory at the just concluded Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) elections is proof that real power lies with the people.
“Congratulations, I am confident you will do well and also deliver convincingly on the mandate of which you now carry.” Atiku wrote.