#OndoDecides2016: Jimoh Ibrahim and Ali Modu Sheriff Paid Me To Blackmail Judges - Poroye
From his hideout, Biyi Poroye, the man in the eye of the storm over a damning affront against the judiciary in a letter that thoroughly smeared the integrity and personality of a three-man Court of Appeal panel, may have started confessing to reveal the identity of his sponsors and co-conspirators.
Afraid for his life over fear of being killed to cover up the matter, Poroye – claiming to be Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) factional chairman, has informed close associates how Ali Modu Sheriff and Jimoh Ibrahim financed and coordinated the blackmail of the Justices who sat on the Ondo PDP governorship candidate tussle, albeit short-lived.
The panel led by Justice Jumai Sankey however elected to recuse themselves of the matter, to preserve their names and to allow the President of the Court of Appeal to properly investigate the allegations deposed to by Poroye in a court affidavit.
It is not yet ascertained if Poroye would be compelled by the bench to defend his allegations or declared wanted if he fails to turn himself in from where he is presently holed up.
Poroye’s sources told The Editorialng that he has only been given a paltry sum of N350, 000 out of the N5million naira promised by Jimoh Ibrahim – the man temporarily listed through a contentious court order by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as PDP candidate for Ondo State.
According to this information, Sheriff – the estranged former PDP National Chairman was said to have equally compromised some judiciary staff to obtain some information about the background and operational history of the judges across various divisions of the Court.
Sheriff also used his extensive reach in the northern circle to obtain special information on the chairman of the panel, Justice Sankey, which made “them” – (those involved in the blackmail) to stumble on the ailment behind her health challenge that happened a few years ago, said our sources.
The Editorialng reports that both Sheriff and Ibrahim are yet to distance themselves from the Poroye’s petition even when their lead counsel in the matter, Alex Iziyon (SAN) has sent in a letter of notice to withdraw legal representation in their appeal.
This may have further confirmed the information supplied by our sources that the duo of Sheriff and Ibrahim masterminded this affront against the justices of the Appeal Court in a bid to frustrate the case and cause some delay.
Aside the fear of being silenced not to divulge top secretes over what transpired in cooking up the petition, Poroye is also said to be afraid of being be lynched in his state for unsettling their political atmosphere.
Poroye according to our sources, also fingered a senior lawyer amongst the counsels enlisted to handle their case, as the one who coordinated the petition against the judges. He has vowed never to go down alone should those who promised him cover fails.
The petition which deeply troubled the judiciary has made Alex Iziyon, a senior member of the bench and a lead-client to Poroye, Sheriff and Ibrahim, to withdraw his legal services from their matter to save his reputation.
Iziyon said: “With what transpired yesterday in court in the matter associated with CA/A/551C/M/2016 in Mr. Tayo Jegede’s motion, you will recall my person was indicted by the presiding justice as having the foreknowledge of the petition written by the 1st Respondent despite my protest and innocence. It is in this regard that I hereby withdraw from further appearance. This is to enable you brief another lawyer who shall take over the file.”
Poroye has also vowed to reveal how Jimoh Ibrahim intends to trade-off the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a mouthwatering deal if he is betrayed by his co-travelers, according to his confidants.
The governorship poll is scheduled for November 26, 2016 and it is expected that a new panel which has now been constituted by the Appeal Court to hear the matter would with a speed of light dispense justice quickly.