Former Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Abubakar Mahmoud has been elected as the new president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
The new NBA President was elected at the 2016 National Elections held in Abuja, in an election conducted through e-voting, polling 3,055 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Joe-Kyari Gadzama who polled 2,384 votes.
Mahmoud is an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he got his first and masters degree in law and had chaired the Kano branch of the NBA.
The Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, national honours holder is also currently the pro-chancellor of the Kano State University of Technology and is set to become the 33rd chairman of the NBA.
Dajan Gal emerged as the first Vice President with 4057 votes and Monday Ubani, second Vice President with 4375 votes.
The position of General Secretary was won by Olagunju Isiaka who got 2,721 votes against Yamah Desmond who scored 2,510 votes.
Balogun Oyeyemi emerged Legal Adviser with 3068 votes as against Onwuzuike Christopher who polled 2,043 votes.
The election was monitored by the Deputy Director, Legal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mariam Musa.
This is the first election conducted through electronic voting by the Nigerian Bar Association.
Outgoing President of the Association, Augustine Alegeh urged the contestants who lost the election to shun acrimony and join hands with the new leadership to move the association forward.
The new NBA President, Mahmoud pledged that the new executive will hit the ground running once they are sworn in.
The new executives of the NBA are expected to be sworn on August 26, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.