Olajengbesi Announces Resignation from Sunday Igboho’s Legal Team
Fausat Bello & Adebayo Fajinmi
One of the lawyers representing Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho and Managing partner, Law Corridor, Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq., has resigned as counsel involved in any matter associated with the activist and Yoruba nation agitators.
He announced this in a statement on his official Facebook page on Sunday.
This comes after the lawyer faulted the threat by self-determination arrowhead, Prof. Banji Akintoye, in his 2022 New Year Message on Friday that no governorship election would hold in Ekiti and Osun in 2022.
The statement read, “This is to officially announce my resignation as counsel involved further in any matter relating to Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and the Yoruba Nation Agitators.
“As a firm, we are satisfied with our little best in contributing to providing legal solutions and representations to Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) and associated Yoruba Nation Agitators as far as ensuring the protection and enforcement of their rights in this matter.
“We were able to secure the release of twelve (12) persons brutally and unlawfully arrested by the reckless State Security Service (SSS), and also secured the release of an innocent herbalist equally unlawfully arrested and detained by the SSS.
“We have two persons with on-going terrorism trials at the Federal High Court and our firm will dutifully continue and close the trial having commenced their matter.
“While thanking everyone, particularly Chief Yomi Aliyu SAN for the opportunity, and freehand service, Dr. OLASUPO Ojo for his fair leadership and Chief Femi Falana for allowing his industry to be tapped and for the moral support, I most respectfully wish to now step aside.
“I have stated ab initio that the scope of my work will only be within the purview of my professional duty as a lawyer to Sunday Igboho and his aides.
“I am a strong believer in constitutional democracy, civil liberty and human rights which includes the right to self-determination but I am not a Yoruba nation agitator nor a member of any like organidation.
“My reaction to Prof. Akintoye was not to undermine the Yoruba struggle but is based on my personal convictions which I am entitled to. I do hope my friends in the struggle will allow me enjoy the benefit of my right to such a choice as a person of thought and conscience. Thank you.”
“Among most Yoruba self-determination advocates worldwide, the determination exists and is growing that there shall be no State Governorship and House of Assembly election in our homeland in 2022. The next election that we Yoruba people will engage in will be the first election in our own new country.”
Reacting, Olajengbesi said Akintoye wasn’t speaking for all Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria, noting that voting remained a human right.
He wrote, “I have read the statement credited to Prof. Banji Akintoye that there will be no election in Osun and Ekiti States in 2022 and I want to immediately react and condemn such in it totality.
“It is crucial to understand that Nigeria practices constitutional democracy and no individual or organization can upturn the constitution. The demand for an independent Yoruba nation cannot be realised through anarchy but by a procedure recognised by Law. I noted that the strict reliance on law and die process as well as respect for all facets of fundamental human rights were equally issues stressed by the noble Professor in his statement. It is my honest believe that these issues are the pivotal points he seeks to pass to all in his Statement.
“However, these all important issues which stands garmane on their merit were marred by Prof’s declaration that elections will not hold in those two States. Hence, I find it pertinent to address this distractive and combustive declaration capable if not addressed to mislead the public.
“It is also pertinent that Prof. Akitoye, respectfully, should always put into consideration the entire Yoruba people and make sure that an all important statement such as this does reflects the aspirations of the people.
“I make bold to say that such no election threats statement cannot reflect the position of Chief Sunday Adeyemo who believes change can only be achieved through constitutional means, as his lawyers have duties to advise him as such.
“Indeed, Prof is very much displeased as most citizens are about the sad realities that has become the very reflections of our social polity. He expressed his displeasure in his observations about flagrant disregard to human rights. He however neglected to consider that Human rights must be addressed holistically and one of those rights is the right of a person to vote or be voted for. These rights cannot be set aside and denied entirely for any reason. Rather, we must encourage our people to work within their communities and local governments and states to ensure that whilst we agitate for Justice and Equity, we must also come to Equity with Clean hands. We must also do Equity.
“Without belabouring the matter further, we do know that the Good Professor Akintoye has noble intentions and would never intend for his words to promote anything other than peace, harmony, justice, fairness and Equity in all the Yoruba populated States and by extension in all the States making up the Federation of Nigeria.
“Let Justice be done, even if Heaven falls. Justice is inclusive and everyone must play a part in steering this ship in the course of promoting our common good and collective advancement as a People.”