Senior lawyer threatens to report colleague to Nigerian Bar Association for identity theft
Stephen Ademuwagun, one of the attorneys representing a group loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi, is in trouble for allegedly using Wahab Egbewole (SAN) letterhead to write a letter without the lead attorney’s consent.
Ademuwagun had written a letter dated September 13, 2021 to the acting national president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, calling for intervention on the Ekiti state district, local government and congresses of State.
According to him, if it is not resolved, it will affect the party’s victory in the next election.
A copy of the letter obtained by SaharaReporters is titled “Legal Status of PDP Congresses in Ekiti State: A Call to Ensure Transparency, Strict Compliance with Party Constitution, Guidelines, Election Law and ‘due process in the next PDP party in Ekiti State. congresses and primaries of governors before the election of governors in 2022 â.
It was also copied to a former President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki; Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and others.
In the letter, Ademuwagun based his request to intervene on case number FHC / EK / CS / 14/2020, with appeal pending before the Supreme Court and HAD / 83/2020 before the Court of Appeal, Ado Ekiti, both filed by the Olujimi Repositioning Group and judgments already rendered against the plaintiffs.
It reads in part: “Ipso facto, Our Clients, Financial Members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Succession and hereinafter referred to as such have requested our services to appeal and draw your attention to certain shortcomings that could open the doors of multiple litigation thereafter, it surrounded the conventions of the so-called party held thus in the state and how it could undermine the victory of the party (PDP) in the election of the governor in 2022 … “
He adds, “That your political party’s National Working Committee be diligent in considering our call for transparency in the process to do the right thing at the right time now that the party’s calendar of activities leading up to the election for the post. of party governor 2022 in the public domain.
“That the review of the process and the injustice of the word and of the 3 ad hoc delegates to state congresses will not only introduce madness into the party, but will add values ââand heal all wounds, which will greatly help to help and lead the party to gain ground. the next elections with overwhelming votes because people want the Party to buy the state.
However, Wahab Egbewole (SAN), who handled the cases in the lower and appellate courts, disowned the letter, stressing that he had given no instructions to anyone to write such a letter.
He also noted that his law firm’s letterhead that was used was printed without his consent.
A source familiar with the matter told SaharaReporters that the lead lawyer threatened to report Ademuwagun to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) disciplinary committee if a discharge of the alleged letter was not released within two hours.
The source said: âThe shocked senior lawyer had to call Ademuwagun and accused him of forging his letterhead and writing a letter on behalf of his office without his consent.
âHe then threatened to report Ademuwagun to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) disciplinary committee if a discharge of the alleged letter was not issued within two hours.
“Egbewole would have been of the opinion that as a senior lawyer it was an indictment against him to have written such a letter having been part of the lawsuits for which judgments were rendered against his clients before the lower and appellate courts. “
However, out of fear, Ademuwagun reportedly called one of the Olujimi faction leaders, Yinka Akerele, so he could escape Egbewole’s wrath.
“Since yesterday, Akerele has asked the lead lawyer not to take the case to the NBA Disciplinary Committee,” the source revealed.
However, Egbewole reluctantly told SaharaReporters that he knew nothing about the letter, stating that he had no Stephen Ademuwagun in his office.
“I haven’t written any letters about any cases to anyone, and I don’t have any Stephen Ademuwagun in my office. But I know him, we worked together on a case in Ekiti State at the times, so I’m not going to deny knowing him. But he doesn’t work in my office, “he said.
Meanwhile, Stephen Ademuwagun did not answer calls on his mobile line when SaharaReporters made calls to him.