It is no longer news that Charles Ajiboye has been cleared by ECNBA to contest for the post of the Assistant Publicity Secretary (APS) of the largest Bar in Africa; a great relief for progressive minds who knows he has a lot to bring to the table of the NBA.
I have no doubt that Charles has the pedigree, track record, finesse, grits, character and a good fit for the post of the APS of the largest Bar. My reasons for the above assertions are not far-fetched:
Firstly, Charles is not new to leadership in the NBA. He is definitely prepared to make the office of the APS more functional when elected. Charles was a former chairman of the NBA-YLF, Ikeja Branch and the immediate past Publicity Secretary of the Ikeja Branch. As Chairman of YLF , Ikeja Branch – which I witnessed first hand as a intern in his Law Firm, he ingeniously introduced innovative policies and programmes that improved the welfare of young lawyers, sharpen their legal skills and acquisition of novel skills . Charles’ leadership traits was an impetus to the large attendance of young lawyers in NBA Ikeja Branch meetings.
Secondly, Charles has an innate burning passion for young people. Not a hearsay, I was privileged to intern in his Law Firm . The burning passion of Charles for young people led to the establishment of IC-CUBE – a NGO- fully funded from the pocket of Charles.
IC-CUBE founded by Charles encouraged, inspired , launched skill acquisition projects and programmes for secondary students and youths. IC -CUBE has continually donated funds to secondary schools for educational purposes. You can call Charles a philanthropist. The good works and positive impact of these projects by IC-CUBE caught the attention of the media and notable personalities from several walks of life such as Governors, Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the President’s Special Adviser on media and Publicity, Femi Adesina et al. During the lockdown, Charles organized and still organizing webinar sessions on innovative practices and skills for lawyers and non- lawyers. If Charles could do this for non lawyers, imagine the innovative, welfarism and dynamic policies he could inspire in the next administration. Charles needs your vote to inspire policies for a transformational Bar.
Thirdly, Charles is great hearted and a man per excellence in what he does. After cutting his teeth within shortest time possible, Charles established his Law Firm- Penthouse Solicitors and has been able to, within few years, transform his firm to a dynamic, 21st century Law Firm with innovative and cutting edge legal services employing not less than 10 lawyers with a good take-home at the end of the month. Mind you, Charles is under 40. Charles sterling achievements in the legal profession would not go unnoticed as he recently bagged double awards in 2019 – 40 under 40 Rising Star by ESQ Legal Awards and Lawyer of the year award by Trek Africa. Charles is indeed a man of excellence, a progressive, a man transforming the legal industry and can bring these innovative ideas of his to the next administration when elected by God’s grace.
I can go on and on but will take a pause here due to the paucity of time and space. Having interned with Charles and mentored by him, I can attest to his character, competence and capacity for the aspired post. Young lawyers have been promised a seat at the table and an inclusive Bar by all candidates for the office of the OPNBA, this will be realisable faster if we elect a like mind, a progressive and one who has burning passion for young lawyers to the next administration.
Daniel Akinwale Esq.
NBA Abuja Branch