Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the new leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) of the continued cooperation of his administration in addressing the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession and the country.
He gave the assurance in a congratulatory message to the new President of NBA, on his election.
The 47-year-old lawyer, defeated two Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dele Adesina and Babatunde Ajibade, by a landslide. Akpata garnered 9,891 votes ahead of Ajibade who had 4,328 votes and Adesina who polled 3,982 votes.
Buhari, according to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, wished the new NBA President every success in the new position of leading Nigerian lawyers to chart a path of professional development and fulfilment.
He said he was confident that as a lawyer of over two decades who has held several strategic positions in the legal association, Mr Akpata’s vast knowledge and experience in litigation, corporate world and engaging with government at different levels, will greatly benefit the Bar and indeed all Nigerians, who look up to the learned fellows as crucial stakeholders in a modern democracy.