SWITZERLAND, JULY 31 -The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will be led by a non-holder of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) title for the first time in several years, after Olumide Akpata emerged the new President of the association, defeating two other candidates in the election.
The Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Taiwo Taiwo (SAN), disclosed this late on Thursday, 30th July 2020. Akpata won the election with over 50 percent of the total votes cast.
Akpata, who is the only candidate who was not a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) at the election, defeated Babatunde Ajibade and Julius Adesina, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
This will be the first time in over 3 decades that the President of the NBA will be emerging from the outer bar, and not among the rank of senior advocates. Akpata is however an expert in corporate and commercial law.
Alao Aka-Bashorun, widely regarded as one of finest Presidents of the Bar who served between 1987 to 1989 during the repressive military regime of Ibrahim Babangida, was not a senior advocate.
Other lawyers had used his example as a campaign weapon to wrest the leadership of the Association from the privileged class of senior advocates.