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Akpata took Buhari to cleaners many times- Inibehe



Akpata took Buhari to cleaners many times- Inibehe

Human rights lawyer, Effiong Inibehe, has said the Labour Party governorship candidate for Edo governorship election, Olumide Akpata, stood in many ways against former president, Muhammadu Buhari.


Inibehe said as former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) president, Akpata remained humble and approachable during his tenure. He said on many occasions as NBA president led challenged decision of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.


Inibehe said, “When he (Akpata) wanted to be President of the NBA, some of us felt he would be too elitist because he leads Templars; one of the biggest elite law firms in Nigeria.


“Alas, Akpata turned out to be the exact opposite. I don’t want to make this about politics. Olumide Akpata is a very honest and principled man. This man challenged the process of appointment of judges in ways that shocked many. He publicly disagreed with the then Chief Justice of Nigeria.


“Given how our profession is in Nigeria, it takes a very courageous person to do that.”


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He added that “Akpata took Buhari to the cleaners many times. When many lawyers and Nigerians protested against the invitation of El-Rufai to the Annual General Conference of the NBA, Akpata removed his name. Please let’s not demonize a good man because of political expediency.”


He said as one committed to rule of law, the Labour Party Edo State governorship candidate during his tenure as NBA president appeared in court in public interest lawsuits.


Inibehe’s statement followed a write up by an X user, Florence Chabbah, who questioned Akpata’s commitment to rule of law and the plights of lawyers during his tenure as NBA president.