The Ondo State Committee on Ethics and Good Governance(OSEGG) has called on the Body of Benchers to revisit the 2010 Call to Bar of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Alfred Ajayi Agboola.
The demand was contained in a petition authored by Advocare Lawyers based in Abuja on behalf of representatives of the group, Olabanji Orogbemi and Omosuyi Akinbuwa to the Body of Benchers.
According to the petition, the Deputy Governor claimed in his profile published in Ondo State Government web page that he attended the Igbinedion University, Okada Edo State where he bagged Bachelor of Law(LL.B) Second Class Upper Division and was called to bar in 2010, after graduating from the Nigerian Law School.
The group noted that the Deputy Governor was in the House of Representatives as a member representing Ilaje Ese Odo Federal Constituency between 2007 and 2011, where he appointed as chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) and other committees.
As a member of the House, the group noted that Agboola must have met the requirements of sections 63 and 68(1)(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic as amended for him not to be recalled.
Also, for him to have qualified to be called to the Nigerian Bar, he must have completed successfully, the academic and practical requirements of the Nigeria Law School which on full time basis.
“It is worthy of note for Hon Agboola Ajayi to have been called to the Nigerian Bar to his testimony, he must have been a full time student of the Nigerian law school in the 2009/2010 academic year, which periods fell within the time when he was sitting as a full time member of the House of Representatives.
“It is our humble submission that Hon Agboola Ajayi lied on oath by not disclosing to the Council of Legal Education in his application form, s document under oath that he is a sitting member of the House of Representatives between the year 2007-2010, the same period as his admission into the Nigerian Law School.”
On this note, the petitioner called on the Body of Benchers to review his record and recommended for the withdrawing of the Licence and certificate awarded him to practice law in the country.
There was another petition by another Law firm, Law, Mmaiyie and Associate to the office of the Inspector General of Police alleging examination malpractices and perjury against the deputy Governor.
Acting on behalf of Akinloye Oyeniyi, the Law Firm called for investigation the records which showed that he sat for the West African School Certificate at the period he was a sitting chairman of Ese Odo local government area of Ondo state.
Agboola Ajayi was the elected chairman of Ese Odo local government between 2003 and 2007, he claimed to sat for the WASC as a full time student of Community High School, Mobolorunduro in Okitipupa, head quarters of a distant council.