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Chairman/CEO, Innoson Vehicles, has approached the Court of Appeal, Awka Division, to seek an order disqualifying Chief Wole Olamipekun, SAN as a counsel to Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, in appeal no. CA/E/288/2013.
The applicant cited a statement credited to Wole Olanipekun’s law firm that as the chairman of the Body of Benchers, Olanipekun compromises any court in which he appears in favour of his clients.
The Body of Benchers is the highest legal body in the Nigerian Legal Profession, made of the Supreme Court Judges, presiding Justices of the Court of Appeal, and Chief Judges of the State High Court.
In a motion on notice filed in the court by the counsel to Innoson, Prof J.N. Mbadugha, SAN, of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co prayed for an order of the court to disqualify Chief Olanipekun in his capacity as a legal practitioner or counsel from signing, filing, instituting or prosecuting appeal No. CA/E/288/2013 between Guaranty Trust Bank PLC vs Innoson Nigeria Limited.
More so, the counsel to Innoson further sought the prayers of the court for an order setting aside all processes signed and filled by Chief Olanipekun SAN as counsel/legal practitioner of or to GTB Plc on the same appeal, on the grounds that the processes are incompetent.
Lastly, an order striking out GTB motion on notice, dated October 26, 2018, prepared by Chief Olanipekun, SAN, for want of competence, he also signed an amended notice of appeal.