– These are not the best of times for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
– The party is said to be indebted to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria for legal services rendered
– A court has ordered the party to pay the lawyer
Justice Jude Okeke of FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday, May 8, ordered the PDP, to pay N180 million to Mr. Samuel Okutepa (SAN) being his professional fee.
Okeke who delivered judgment in a suit filed by Okutepa against the PDP, said Okutepa deserved to be paid the money for handling the legal cases for the party.
“The defendant is directed to pay the claimant N180 million being the earned professional fee for defending and prosecuting their cases listed out in the applicant’s statements of claims,’’ Justice Okeke ruled.
According to Daily Sun, the court also ordered PDP to pay N50, 000 to Okutepa for successfully handling their cases.
He held that it was not right for the PDP not to pay for the work they knew was well handled by the plaintiff.
He said that the defendant claimed that they did not give him job to do, as no legal agreement was signed by the parties.
The judge said that in the records before the court, the applicant was given the brief by the former governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, and the Attorney General of the state, adding that the constitution of PDP recognised a state governor as a high officer who can give instructions on behalf of the party.
“The instructions given to the applicant to handle the matter is binding on the PDP.
“The defendant was aware that the applicant conducted the cases and never questioned the instructions of the governor.
“The defendant kept quiet and benefited from his services, permitted and encouraged him to labour only to claim that a legal contract was not signed.
“The defendant is not in denial that the applicant did not handle the cases, but they claimed they did not engage him,” he held.
NAIJ.com gathered that some of the cases handled by Okutepa were: Terver Kakih Vs PDP and three others, three cases at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, among others.
Meanwhile, a coalition of nine militant groups in Niger Delta under the aegis of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), has lashed out at the PDP for creating poverty in Niger Delta despite being in power for 16 years.
In a statement by its leader, Johnmark Ezonebi, RNDA lamented that the PDP was busy looting the treasury instead of developing the region.
The RNDA regretted the wasted years of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, accusing the Jonathan administration of corruption, looting, favouritism and non-supervision of his appointees.
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