Olumide Akpata has been declared winner of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) presidential election.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Tawo Tawo (SAN) made the announcement at the end of the poll which held electronically between 11pm on Wednesday and 11pm on Thursday.
Akpata polled 9,891 votes to defeat Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) and Mr Dele Adesina (SAN).
Ajibade emerged first runner-up with 4,328 votes while Adesina picked the rear with 3,982 votes.
This result represents a sudden change in the order, as Akpata is now the first non-SAN to lead the Nigerian Bar Association in years.
Olumide Akpata has spent over two decades practicing with Templars, and is currently Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial practice of Templars.
He was elected as Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law (SBL) council in January 2012, and subsequently as the Vice-chairman in August 2014, before emerging as the Chairman in August 2016.
After handing over to his successor, he still sits on the Council of the NBA-SBL and is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum.