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NBA election: Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) takes over from Olumide Akpata as 36th President

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Lawyers under the aegis of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have elected a new President at their elections conducted at the weekend.

He is  Mr Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and will be the 36th President of the NBA.

Persecondnews reports that Maikyau takes over from Mr Olumide Akpata.

Maikyau polled a total of 22,342 votes to defeat two other contenders, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), Chairman of the NBA Securities Agencies Relations Committee; and Jonathan Taidi, a former General Secretary of the NBA.

Announcing the results at a hybrid press briefing on Sunday, the Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Mr Ayodele Akintunde (SAN), said Maikyau polled 22,342 votes representing 64.6 percent of votes cast to outshine Gadzama, who collected 10,842 votes.

He also announced that Taidi polled 1,380 votes in the election to place third.

The total number of people on the final voter register stood at 59,392 while about 3,000 were disenfranchised due to the inability to verify their data, Akintunde said.

“A total of 59,392 records were received for people on the final voter register, and we were able to upload 59,388 records with four records being invalid contact information.

“A total of 34, 809 votes were cast representing 58.61 percent of the total number of eligible voters, while 1,314 ballots opened but were not cast,” he told the media briefing.

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