SAN sues lawmaker overdue professional fees

A professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Andrew Chukwuemerie has charged a House of Representatives member, Preye Oseke, to court for allegedly failing to pay his professional fees.

In two suits, ABJ/CV/3403/21 and ABJ/CV/3404/21, at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the claimant seeks an order requiring Oseke to pay the balances of his fees.

Chukwuemerie said the lawmaker, who represents Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa State, had owed him since 2019.

In the first suit, the claimant is praying for an order compelling the defendant to pay him N24,500,500.

He said the payment was on a quantum meruit basis from an agreed N35 million fee for instituting a suit against one of the defendant’s opponents, Benson Konbowei, in the 2019 House of Representatives poll.

In the second suit, the claimant said he defended Oseke at the Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal in 2019.

He said following his competent and diligent defense, Osaka won at the tribunal and Appellate Court.

He further said several attempts to get the lawmaker to fulfill his promises failed, adding that the defendant has “remained recalcitrant and unwilling to pay his debt”.

“It is now obvious that the defendant will not pay those fees unless he is compelled by an order of this court.”



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