Abuja Lawyers League Creates Platform For Lawyers To Interact – Poko

Organizer of Abuja Lawyers League (ALL) Olujimi Olujide Poko has said that the league created a platform for legal practitioners to interact.
Poko, while responding to questions from journalists during the opening ceremony of this year’s edition of the league said what keeps him going is the fact that the league has created a platform for lawyers to unify, to come together and interact.
“What keeps me going is the platform I am creating. The platform we have created for lawyers to unify, to come together and interact aside what we have in the regular courtrooms or at meetings.
“If you observe, you will realize that some people are seeing themselves for the first time in a very long while. So, it is a platform to bring lawyers together, most especially the young lawyers, for us to have a formidable unity, so that when we see ourselves outside you will hear comments like ‘Oh I met you at the lawyers league’. From there we can grow together and help each other in one way or the other,” he said.
He said that there are so many dynamics to this year’s completion, and that with the dynamism in the competition, it is difficult to highlight any team now, except that the fact that everybody always watch out for the defending champion.
“The defending champion is the major contender for one of the best teams in this tournament this year. I’ll say that all the teams are equally matched and I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint a particular team or teams as being the best of the best.
“We have 16 teams participating this year and I can tell you there’re about 8 new teams that have joined in this year’s competition. We have the Lions FC of J.S. Okutepa; we have a team representing the legal department of Central Bank of Nigeria; we have the Elite Lawyers Association Football Club; we have J.B. Daudu FC from J.B. Daudu SAN & Co, and so many others.”
Poko explain that the prizes remain N250,000 for the winner, N200,000 for first runner up, and N150,000 for second runner up.
He said that even though the competition is getting stronger that they have no plans at the moment of moving the game into the Nigeria professional football league. He said their interest is to give back to the society.
“The major project we are looking at now is how we can…it is not as if we have made so much but we are looking at how we can give back to the society and we’ll also invite you when we’ll visit the IDP camp in Durumi to see what we want to use sports, football in particular to do in affecting the lives of the less privilege.”
Poko thanked some of their senior colleagues whom he said have contributed in one way or the other to sustain the league; he said this is the fifth edition of the league.
“We give thanks to our learned senior sic, special thanks to Chief Akinolu Olujimi, SAN, he has been a pillar of support year-in-year-out. Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, and a couple of other senior advocates.
“Special thanks go to Chief Y.C. Maikyau, SAN, because he didn’t stress us. We made a humble application and he accepted us without any condition and we express our outmost gratitude for his kind considerations.”

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