NGF crisis: Drama in court as 2 lawyers struggle to represent Jang

by Rachel Ogbu

jangGov. Babatunde Raji-Fashola






Two lawyers, Paul Erokoro and Tayo Oyetibo were said to have squabbled in court over representing Governor Jonah Jang in the suit filed by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

Fashola had filed a suit urging the court to stop Jang from parading himself as the NGF chairman and the Senior Advocates of Nigeria both in court at the same time claimed Jang had briefed them of his case to defend his faction of the NGF.

According to reports, the court was thrown into confusion when both Oyetibo and Erokoro filed different processes asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.

It took the intervention of the counsel to the registered trustees of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Awa kalu who begged the court for a short adjournment, to enable the two senior advocates sort themselves out.

[READ: NGF crisis: Jang tells court to dismiss Fashola’s suit ]

Channels TV reports:

The suit was instituted by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented in court on Tuesday by a team of lawyers led by Yemi Osinbajo and Femi Falana, both Senior Advocates. The Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru, was represented by Awa Kalu.

Mr Fashola wants the court to bar the Plateau governor from parading himself as the NGF chairman. Mr Jang had lost the chairmanship election in May to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers by 16 votes to 19. He, however, rejected the result and instead proclaimed himself chairman of the forum.

The trial judge, Justice Peter Affen, adjourned the matter to 3 July for regularization of appearances.


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