Mr. Olumide Akpata (SAN), Alumnus of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has been elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
He was declared winner at about 11:56a.m on Friday by over 50 percent of the total vote cast, according to the Taiwo Taiwo led NBA Electoral Committee.
His rivals for the office were Deacon Dele Adesina(SAN) and Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN).
The NBA President-elect who is expected to be sworn-in soon as a replacement for Paul Usoro, the incumbent President of the Association.
Akpata,a Senior Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars Law Firm, Lagos was born on the 7th October 1972 in Warri, present day, Delta State to the family of Mr and Mrs Igbinoba and Morinat Akpata.
He had his early education in Warri, Delta State,and thereafter attended King’s College, Lagos. He proceeded to study Law at the University of Benin (UNIBEN). and graduated in 1992.He was called to the Nigerian Bar on 15 December 1993.
Akpata had his one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in Kano State, and upon the completion of the service year,joined the ﬁrm of Dr. Mudiaga Odje & Co. in Warri, Delta State, where he cut his teeth in legal practice under the tutelage of the late, Dr. Mudiaga Odje, SAN, OFR.
In 1996, he relocated to Lagos and teamed up with his cousin, Oghogho Akpata, who had just then, set up the law ﬁrm, Templars, the previous year.