A SENIOR Advocate of
Nigeria, Chief Kunle Kalejaye,
who was expelled from the legal
profession recently has appealed
against the verdict passed by the
Legal Practitioners Disciplinary
Kalejaye’s legal team, led by
Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), has
filed an eight-ground notice of
appeal to the Supreme Court
seeking orders to set aside the
direction (verdict) of the LPDC
and restoring him back to the
rank of legal practitioner in
Other SANs in his legal team
are Chief Bolaji Ayorinde,
Adebayo Adenipekun and Chief Duro Adeyele.
They stated in their notice
that they would file additional
grounds of appeal upon receiving
the LPDC verdict.
The lawyers argued, among
other grounds, that the five-man
panel of the LPDC, led by the
President of the Court of Appeal,
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, erred
in law and facts, denied him fair
hearing and that its verdict “is
against the weight of evidence.”
An intending appellant against
the decision of the LPDC is
required to file such appeal to the
Supreme Court and the verdict of
the committee will not be enforced
until after it is determined by the
apex court.
The LPDC had on Thursday
disbarred Kalejaye after finding
him guilty of professional
misconduct. Kalejaye was said
to be guilty of misconduct which
he allegedly committed in 2008
while representing the Peoples
Democratic Party and its then
candidate, Prince Olagunsoye
Oyinlola, at the Osun State
Governorship Election Petition
The then candidate of the
Action Congress of Nigeria, Mr.
Rauf Aregbesola, had challenged
Oyinlola’s victory in the 2007 poll.
Kalejaye was said to have engaged
in a “private and confidential
telephone conversation,” on MTN
network, with the Chairman of the
He allegedly engaged in the
unprofessional act between
March and June 2008 and
Justice Naron, with whom he
committed the misconduct, had
since February 20, 2013 been
compulsorily retired by the
National Judicial Council.
But in its eighth ground
of appeal, Kalejaye denied
having any communication
with the judge, arguing that
the committee erred in law for
holding that he did.
The particulars of error under
ground eight as canvassed
by the appellant read, “The
appellant from the onset denied
any communication with the
said sacked judge.”
Osun State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal, Justice Thomas
Naron, without the knowledge of
the other party.

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