Olumide Akpata is on track to become the new President of the Nigerian Bar Association.
As at the time TheNewsGuru (TNG) monitored the online election, Akpata is leading with 9,436 votes representing 54.3% of the total votes counted so far in the election.
He leads his closest rival, Dr Babatunde Ajibade who has 3827 votes as at our last check.
Akpata, a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars Law Firm in Lagos, and vice-chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum.
The new NBA president had outlined three priorities once he assumes office.
The three major ones are: “Members’ welfare, including capacity-building, ensuring an improved income system for lawyers and protecting the business of lawyers; Institutional reforms to ensure that the NBA is run as a better structured organisation that is inclusive and fit-for-purpose for lawyers in all sectors and niches and where processes are seamless, interface with members pleasant and continuity of policies is possible; and
Active engagement with the Judiciary and other relevant authorities to deliver a justice sector that is not only different, but that meets the expectation of 21st century judicial services users.”