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Barrister Olanipekun denies asking people not to vote for candidate

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Barrister Wole Olanipekun


A renowned legal practitioner,  Barrister Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has disclaimed a statement purportedly made by him telling the electorate who not to vote for.

The legal luminary stated in a disclaimer signed by him that
at no time did he issue any speech asking people not to vote for a particular candidate or political party in the poll.

Olanipekun declared that at no time or place did he make such a statement.

He warned those who are using his name for whatever political objective to desist from it.

He said: "My attention has been drawn to a statement purportedly made by me in respect of the forthcoming Governorship election in Ekiti State on July 14, 2018, falsely crediting to me what I never said or what I could not have ever said, to the effect that I was asking people not to vote for a particular political party because of future invasion of Ekiti State by herdsmen.

"The said statement is now trending on social media.

May I emphatically state that at no time or place did I make such a statement. While I, as a Nigerian, have a right to support or vote for any candidate of my choice in any election, I have always restrained myself from getting involved in the murky waters of partisan politics, or throwing my hat into the ring in the process."

"As a professional, my clients and clientele cut across all divides, whether in politics, banking, commerce, industry and, indeed, in criminal and civil matters generally."

 "May I, therefore, plead that those who are behind using my name for whatever political objective, particularly attaching and crediting what I never said to me, should desist from so doing henceforth."

"In the meantime, I repeat, again, that such statement was not, and could not have been made by me.I disown and disclaim it entirely."

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