Olumide Akpata, former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), has emerged winner of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) national elections, TopNaija.ng reports.
Akpata defeated two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), to become the first non-SAN president in years.
He finished the polls with a total of 9,891 votes out of the total 18,256 ballots cast. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) garnered 4,328 votes, while Dele Adesina (SAN) got 3,982 votes.
The NBA’s national election ended at 11pm on Thursday. Akpata maintained a 54.3 per cent lead consistently since voting started at 11pm on Wednesday. A total of 29,636 lawyers were expected to vote nationwide in the electronic poll.
Very clear that Olumide Akpata is winning this.
And it's not just a victory for him, it's also a victory for young Nigerian lawyers; a victory for lawyers who have resisted the SAN hegemony; and a victory for social media too.
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) July 30, 2020
He has advised on several key transactions:
- Olumide advised on the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises’ restructuring of the Nigerian Electricity sector and the unbundling of the national power utility.
- He has advised on international joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, takeovers and also the world’s second largest port operator in its bid for the Apapa Container Terminal concession.
- Olumide advises several local and international clients on regulatory compliance in relation to company law and practice in Nigeria.
- He acts for several clients on a wide range of Immigration and Labour matters including the setting up of private pension schemes, employment contracts and general immigration compliance.