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Elections commenced by 11 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, and ended by 11 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020. It is believed that Akpata who describes himself as Edo-born, Lagos-based, Warri lawyer, appealed to the minds of lawyers all over the country through promises about improved welfare packages.
“Should I become President, I will fashion out policies that will significantly improve the welfare and well-being of young lawyers and lawyers generally. Issues around welfare in terms of better remuneration, health insurance, protection from sexual and other forms of harassment at the workplace and access to finance for those seeking to set up their own practices, will be front-burner issues for me.” Olumide AkpataAkpata, the only non-SAN who contested in the elections polled a total of 9,851 votes (54.3 percent) to defeat his two SAN rivals Dr Babajide Ajibade (4,310 votes, 23.8 percent), and Dele Adesina (former General Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association) who garnered 3,968 votes (21.9 percent). Other positions contested for in the elections include NBA First Vice President, Second Vice President, General Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Welfare Secretary, Publicity Secretary, and Assistant Publicity Secretary. See winners below.
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|President||Mr Olumide Akpata|
|First Vice President||Mr John Martin|
|Second Vice President||Mr Adeyemo Kazeem|
|General Secretary||Mrs Joyce Oduah|
|Assistant Secretary||Mr Uchenna Nwadialo|
|Welfare Secretary||Olukunle Edun|
|Publicity Secretary||Dr Rapulu Nduka|
|Assistant Publicity Secretary||Mr Naza Afam|
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A point of correction, when Alao Aka-Bashorun became the NBA President in 1987, he was not a SAN. so Olumide Akpata is not the first Non-SAN to be NBA President. Thanks