Surprise As Olumide Akpata A Non Senior Advocate Of Nigeria Wins The NBA's Presidential Election
Olumide Akpata, has emerged winner of the Nigeria Bar Association presidential election by a landslide victory.
Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA, Tawo Tawo (SAN), said Akpata polled 9891 votes accounting for 54.3 per cent of all the votes cast to defeat his closest contender, Dr Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), who scored 4328 votes.
Another SAN, Dele Adesina, finished among the top three contestants with 3982 votes.
Akpata who is Lagos based does not hold the title of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, making his victory a big surprise to many.
But not to the Secretary of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), who had earlier written a letter during the electioneering period raising the alarm that young lawyers were about to "revolutionise" the NBA by voting for a non-SAN and pleaded with senior lawyers to rise to the occasion and stop the development.
The letter turned out to be counter-productive as many lawyers including many SANs disagreed with Awomolo.
Ajibade (SAN), the first runner up in the presidential contest also dissociated himself from the letter but faulted the electoral process and called for its cancellation because many voters did not receive the link to vote.
He further described the election as a "sham".