Top 10 Election Petition Advocates in Nigeria – Alex Iziyion (SAN)

Dr. Alex A. Izinyon SAN is the principal partner and head of the law chambers of Alex A. Izinyon and Company, which has been in existence since August 1987. The versatile constitutional lawyer and consultant, has conducted several landmark cases at the high court, court of appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria.

With his vast experience in the most intricate and complex legal matters, he is counted among Nigeria’s top rankers in election petition and constitutional law advocacy.

His Abuja-based law firm has, since its inception, played a major role in fundamental cases that have helped in the development of the legal framework of Nigeria.

The depth of his legal practice has made his law firm prominent in top constitutional and election petition cases. 

He was one of the lead counsels that defended the then Vice President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the court of appeal and the Supreme Court when he was sacked by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He was the coordinator and one of the leading counsels to President Umar Yar-Adua in the fall out of presidential election at the court of appeal and the Supreme Court.

He has conducted several election petition cases for several state governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives at the tribunals and appellate levels.

The company’s legal expertise covers the provision of expert advice on a full range of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and government investigative matters in Nigeria. The law firm commands a diverse team that comprises former lead prosecution and defence lawyers in Nigeria with a track record of significant corruption cases ably handled across the country.

The company’s records show a number of high profile government investigative and corruption matters involving high net worth individuals and multinationals corporations in which it has featured. It has represented multinational corporations on a range of foreign and domestic bribery, financial record keeping malpractices and corruption matters, including global investigations and defence.

Alex A. Izinyon and Company is the law firm that successfully defended Chief James Ibori, former governor of Delta State, on the ex-convict case from the high court to the Supreme Court and won the cases all the way.

The law firm also acted as solicitors to Siemens Limited before the commission of inquiry into contracts awarded in Nigeria Telecommunication Plc and its subsidiary M-Tel Plc between 1999 and 2002.

Among other successfully defended high profile corruption cases are some bank and other corporate chief executive officers and former ministers arraigned on charges of economic crime and other criminal offences.

Alex Izinyon & Co has cross-border focus with its practice spanning Nigeria and West African countries, including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Ivory Coast. The company holds itself out with a key promise – to deliver the highest standard of legal practice across its jurisdictions.

The company points to the depth of its legal practice as the reason for its high reputation when it comes to various constitutional matters, election petitions, commercial transactions and activities for foreign investors/multinational enterprises, missions, diplomatic corps in Nigeria and the whole of Africa.

Other underlying factors to its success, it said, include detailed thought it brings into its delivery process and advice and its capacity enhanced deep understanding of the West African economies.

Izinyon was called to the Nigerian Bar after he received his B.L from the Nigeria Law School in Lagos and LL.B from University of Ibadan in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He earned his LL.M from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1991. He obtained his Ph. D in arbitration in 2004 from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

As a result of his vast experience and outstanding contributions to legal development in Nigeria, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1999. He was the very first Senior Advocate in Nigeria among practicing legal practitioners to be so appointed in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He is also a Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He is a member of various professional bodies: member, Chartered Institute of Arbitration, UK; member, the London Court of International Arbitration; member, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and member, International Bar Association.

He has to his credit several books, articles, and publications. He is the Chairman of the Law Publication Company, Acavi Publishing Company, which focuses on legal research and publication of law reports.