30th July, 2010
The agitations over who succeeds the outgoing President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) was over yesterdayÂ at 11:30pm as members of the bar elected Joseph Bodunrin Daudu (SAN) to steer the ship of the association for the next two years.
Dauda won the NBA election with 718 votesÂ against his opponent, Gadzama, who polled 487 votes.
While the election lasted, there was tension until the winner was announced.
All efforts to maintain orderliness by the chairman of electoral committee, Obi Okusogwu (SAN) proved abortive until the committee was forced to announce the result.
The outgoing president could not hide his emotion as he jumped up severally and went about jubilating because his candidate won the election.
In his acceptance speech, Daudu thanked the members of the bar for working assiduously for his success at the polls. He said he gave all the glory to God, adding that if not for God, he would not have won the election.
According to him, â€œIt is a hard fought battle. The process was very tedious but there is no victor and there is no vanquished. Just to appreciate you, there will be a moderate party to celebrate this victory.â€
He also thanked his wife who he described as a pillar of support at all times, disclosing, â€œI thank my closest person, my wife. As you can see, she is also a delegate. We share the same room together in this conference. God bless NBA, God bless Nigeria.â€
In a chat with PM NEWS, his wife noted that the victory is a dream fulfilled, adding that it was long that Daudu has been nursing the ambition to be NBA president.
She said that she would support her husband to bring the much needed change in the NBA and Nigeria.
Her words, â€œIf he wants to be radical while in office, I will support him because Nigeria needs a change through revolution.â€
Daudu was called to bar in 1980 and elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, former NBA chairman, Kaduna branch and chairman, NBA legislative advocate committee.
Commenting, Akeredolu disclosed that the winner is his candidate but pointed out that he has nothing against the other person, adding that it was a thing of joy that his candidate won.
Akeredolu said that he knew the president-elect as a principled and disciplined person that the bar needs to move NBA forward, stressing that as a member of NEC, he would continue to guide him so as not to derail from the vision of the association.
Other candidates that won the elections into various offices include Blessing Emonena Ukiri-Â 1st Vice President with a vote of 483; Osas Justy Erhabor – 2nd Vice President with 447 votes; Dr. Ogugua Ikpeze won with 691 votes; Oluwafunmilayo Oluyede- treasurer won with 769 votes; and Olumuyiwa Akinboro- General Secretary, who won with 699 votes.
Others areÂ Adekunle Ajasa- financial Secretary with 679 vote; Sule Usman- welfare SecretaryÂ with 507 votes; Emeka Obegolu- Publicity Secretary with 872 votes; Victor Chima Nwaugo -legal adviserÂ with 709 votes; Stephen Terseer Abar -1st assistant secretary with 617 votes; Paul Odah Ebiaia -2nd assistant secretaryÂ with 646 votes and Augustine Obi Afam returned as an unopposed candidate.