Lawyer Sues PDP Chieftains over Unpaid Legal Fees

A lawyer,  Mr. Jibrin Okutepa, has filed a case against some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over failure to pay him outstanding fees of N146 million.
The said amount, Okutepa said, was an outstanding balance of N150 million they said to have been agreed upon as “professional fees”, to enable the plaintiff handle, on behalf of the defendants, an earlier suit which sought an order to stop the PDP from holding its last national convention.
Those sued for alleged breach of contract are: Hon.Abba K.Yale, Hon. Alhaji Aruwa Sule and Barr. Bashir Maiduga.
They had earlier hired Okutepa to file a case at the Abuja High Court where they sought to declare the composition of the former National Working Committee, (NWC), of the PDP, illegal.
The plaintiff is further claiming the sum of five hundred million naira as general damages against the 4th defendant, Barr. F. N Nwosu, for what he referred to as “breach of duty of care and for subjecting the plaintiff to public embarrassment when the 4th defendant negligently appeared in court on 29th July and 2nd of August 2013 and forcefully taken over the brief of the plaintiff.”
However,the 4th defendant, Nwosu, insisted that the plaintiff was “properly debriefed” in the suit that formed the basis of the suit.
Reacting to the suit, Nwosu said: “As far as the suit you are talking about now, I can’t comment about it until I see the suit or I’m served. But,as for the suit before Hon. Justice Suleiman Belgore that time, I went into the matter very regularly. I took steps according to the law and our rules, and he (Okutepa) was properly debriefed.”
Among other reliefs being sought by the lawyer, is: “An order directing the defendants jointly and or severally to pay to the plaintiff the sum of One Hundred and Forty Six Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty one Thousand Naira (N146,851,000.00) being the outstanding balance of the professional fees of the plaintiff in suit No: CV/2418/2013, Hon Abba K.Yale and 2others vs Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”