How Lawyers Revolted Against SANs By Voting Olumide Akpata as New President

There are indications that members of the Nigerian Bar Association may have revolted against the Senior Advocates among them in the election of the new President Olumide Akpata.

Akpata emerged the President of the association in the week just ended defeating two prominent Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Dr. Babatunde Ajibade and Mr. Dele Adesina.

There are 526 SANs among lawyers as at September last year. New members are expected to be honoured with the prestigious robe this year.

Since the Nigerian Law School was established in 1962, NPO Reports that the country has not produced up to 70,000 lawyers.

Indications to the revolt against the SANs emerged when a member of the association, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye reacted to a social media post by social media user, Temitope Ajayi who raised the poser "E be like say the non-SAN lawyers revolt for NBA election before dem turn NBA to exclusive club of SANs."

In his reaction to the post, Ogunleye had unwittingly confirmed the underlying revolt which decided the victory in favour of Akpata. "We did! We remembered the legacies of the great Alao Aka-Bashorun and voted Olumide." Ogunleye had responded.

Ogunleye is the Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

NPO Reports gathered that there are expectations from members of the association who expect Akpata to turn around the fortunes of the body in no time.

The NBA had been at the vanguard of many social, political and economic agitations in the past.

Nigerians recall the era of the late Aka-Bashorun, Mrs. Priscilla Kuye, Olisa Agbakoba as golden era of the NBA when government shivered over positions of the NBA on national issues.



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