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When client supporters accused me of compromise over perceived poor performance – Bello

Barrister Abdulganeey Bello is the new chairman of the Ilorin Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). After his first degree in law from the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto in 1998, he proceed to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife for his Masters obtained in year 2010. Called to the bar in year 2000 after his graduation from the law school in year 2000, he has established his chamber in Ilorin from where he had since practiced. In this interview with ACTING EDITOR, MUMINI ABDULKAREEM, he reveals one of the most dramatic incidents thus far since he began practice. Excerpts:
It was a pre-election matter in a case between Waheed Olushola Idiagbon and Alhaji Abdulganiyu Olododo of the APC following a dispute about their primaries. In October 2018, Idiagbon approached the court to be declared as the rightful candidate that won the primary election and Olododo who is the third defendant engaged me. The APC is the first defendant in the matter and I was working for the both of them. I approached the court with a preliminary objection that the case was statue bar having been filed after 15 days, a day outside the requirement. I also argued that the court lacked jurisdiction. During the hearing of the case, the court was full to the brim with lots of politicians present and after we left the court, messages were flying about that I did not do well and that I have compromised. My client later called echoing the reservations of his supporters. But I told him I have done my work to the best of my ability and hopefully, we’ll get a favourable verdict. For two days I couldn’t go to the office. We were just two lawyers and our opponent paraded about ten lawyers. But the court upheld my objection and we won the case. That day I felt so happy. The case later went to the Appeal and Supreme Court and I won in all of them.

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