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Court to rule on suit against PDP next month

09 April 2014, 14:48

Lagos - A Lagos High Court will next month rule on a lawsuit a legal professional has instituted against the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) over unpaid fees for his services.

Debo Adeleke is demanding payment of an alleged outstanding N10.5million in professional fees for the handling of the party's cases at the Lagos State Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal.

Adeleke had claimed in the suit that the party paid him only N1.45m out of the N12m he charged for the cases which he handled between November 2011 and August 2012.

The claimant, who is the Principal Partner at Maritime, Commercial and Immigration Law Chambers, stated that the fees were to cover the seven cases his law firm handled for the party at the election petitions

The PDP lost all the cases, including the ones handled by Adeleke's chambers.

The PDP instituted the petitions against the then-ruling Action Congress of Nigeria and the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission as well as the ACN candidates, who were declared winners in the various local government elections held on October 2011.

Arguing his application today in court, Adeleke's counsel, Benson Tope Akeredolu, was under obligation to pay.

PDP counsel, Chukwuma Nmesirionye, however opposed Adeleke's argument saying that there was never any agreement between the national secretariat and the complainant.

Justice Ayotunde Ipaye adjourned the matter till May 7 for ruling.

- CAJ News

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