Thursday, 3 November 2016

Lawyer dumps PDP candidate 3 weeks to Ondo governorship election

Barely three weeks to the Ondo State governorship election, the PDP flagbearer, Jimoh Ibrahim has lost his lawyer, Alex Izinyon.

According to a report by Daily Post, Izinyon has withdrawn from the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party's case over complicated reasons.

The news of Izinyon's termination of contract with Ibrahim is coming days after a three-man panel of judges led by Justice Jummai Sankey backed out from Ibrahim's case at the Court of Appeal.

The Justice Sankey led panel had reportedly backed out ‎following a petition by Biyi Poroye, factional chairman of the PDP in Ondo.

Poroye had alleged that Sankey had not only taken bribe from Olusegun Mimiko, the governor of the state, but was prone to corruption because she had expended a lot of money on an “illness that made her broke”.

Furthermore, Justice Sankey alleged that Izinyon knew about the Poroye's petition and this led to his decision to back out of the case.

In a letter to Ibrahim, Izinyon said: “But with the development of 1/11/2016, it abates and will start with a new panel. With what happened yesterday (Tuesday) in court, in the matter associated with CA/A551C/M/2016, in Mr. Taut Jegede’s motion, you will recall that my person was indicted by the presiding justice as having a fore knowledge of the petition written by the 1st respondent (Poroye) despite my protest and innocence.

“It is in this regard that I hereby withdraw from further appearance. This is to enable you brief another lawyer who shall take over the file. We will forward the file and the processes to your personal assistant forthwith," Izinyon's letter to Ibrahim read in parts.

Jimoh Ibrahim had been involved in several legal battles since his emergence as the PDP flagbearer for the Ondo governorship election.

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