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    Brave new bar

Brave new bar

BY OLAOLUWA ONI First, to Olu Akpata: Congratulations! The seed for this victory was planted in 2015, when the Alegeh, SAN-led administration introduced universal suffrage to the system of voting within the Nigerian Bar Association. With the introduction of one-vote-per-person, power shifted to the bloc with the most numbers – young lawyers. In the 2020 election, young lawyers tested the strength of [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: Akpata, the underdog who broke a 30-year jinx to emerge NBA president

CLOSE-UP: Akpata, the underdog who broke a 30-year jinx to emerge NBA president

The last time a non-senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was elected president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was in 1989. Charles Idehen, who was NBA president between 1989 and 1991, was succeeded by Clement Akpamgbo (SAN). Akpamgbo did not complete his tenure, as ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida appointed him attorney-general of the federation. Priscillia Kuye, the first and only female [...]

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    Lessons from NBA Decides 2020

Lessons from NBA Decides 2020

After what was a long, tasking and punishing campaigns, elections into the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as other National Executives of the NBA came to a denouement on Thursday,30th July, 2020. As only one candidate could emerge from the process, it determined in favour of Mr. Olumide Akpata, the so called underdog [...]

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    Olumide Akpata in early lead as NBA elects president

Olumide Akpata in early lead as NBA elects president

Olumide Akpata, former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law, is in early lead in the NBA national election which started at 11 pm on Wednesday. As of 11:45 am on Thursday, the NBA platform which is open for real-time monitoring showed that Akpata has 7212 votes leading the other contenders in the presidential race –  Babatunde [...]

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    NBA Decides 2020: The nationalistic fervour of Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

NBA Decides 2020: The nationalistic fervour of Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

The recent volcano of support and endorsement of frontline candidate for the office of the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olumide Akpata, by Nigerians of all extractions have further given fillip to his near-divine aspiration as well as reassurance to many of those who put a stamp of support to his candidacy long before now. With endorsements coming from [...]

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    NBA Decides 2020: The limits of privilege

NBA Decides 2020: The limits of privilege

The letter from Life Bencher and very Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Asiwaju Adegboyega Solomon Awomolo has expectedly rankled many members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), particularly those who do not belong in the inner bar, but not necessarily young lawyers. In the referenced letter, titled “NBA. Her Future” and addressed to Chief T.J.O Okpoko; SAN, another Life Bencher, the learned [...]

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    NBA Decides 2020: A response to Gidan Wankey’s flawed ratiocinations on Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

NBA Decides 2020: A response to Gidan Wankey’s flawed ratiocinations on Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

I recently read the write up written by one A. S. Gidan Wankey Esq entitled, NBA Elections: Advertisement of Promise to Abandon One’s Law Firm, If Elected, is Mere Unavailing Showboating and Play-to the-Crowd, published on ‘The Law & Justice’—an online platform that seems to be dedicated to promoting the candidacy of one of the aspirants. I had resisted the [...]

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    NBA 2020: The quintessence of Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

NBA 2020: The quintessence of Olumide Akpata’s candidacy

In another couple of weeks, Nigerian lawyers under the aegis of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) would be expected to go to the ballot to elect the next round of national executives of the foremost association, as the 2-year tenure of the incumbent officers is expected to elapse this August. Happily, the current COVID-19 pandemic would have little or no [...]

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