Monday, April 15, 2024

Gombe Gov, Inuwa Yahaya, APC in N40m legal fee debt tango with Abuja lawyers


Gombe State Governor, Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya and the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the moment are embroiled in a fierce face-off with a bunch of authorized practitioners in Abuja over an alleged N40 million authorized price debt.

Whereas the attorneys working beneath the aegis of Metal Attorneys and led by Abubakar Marshall are insisting that the governor and APC are indebted to them to the tune of N40m, Governor Yahaya alternatively is claiming he by no means engaged them for authorized illustration in any regulation court docket in Nigeria.

Nevertheless, to press for restoration of the debt, the aggrieved attorneys have issued the governor and APC a 7-day ultimatum to settle the debt or be dragged earlier than a court docket of regulation for redress to implement the cost.

The authorized price debt, in response to the attorneys, arose from their look for the APC in a pre-election swimsuit instituted in opposition to the get together by the Individuals’s Democratic Get together, PDP, on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja and subsequent appeals on the Courtroom of Attraction and the Supreme Courtroom.

The APC had in its first letter dated August 31, 2022 and signed by its performing head of authorized providers, Ojochogwu Aiyejina on behalf of the Nationwide Authorized Adviser, engaged the Metal Attorneys to defend it in a PDP case on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja.

Within the letter of engagement, it was clearly said that Governor Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya shall be liable for the cost of the authorized price.

Within the second letter of APC dated March 7, 2023, and collectively signed by Sanusi Samailla, its Director, Authorized Companies and Ojochogwu Aiyejina, Deputy Director, Authorized Companies on behalf of the Nationwide Authorized Adviser, the Metal Attorneys have been additional engaged to face for the get together within the appeals that arose from the Federal Excessive Courtroom judgment.

As within the first letter, it was categorically said that Governor Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya shall be liable for the settlement of the skilled charges of the attorneys.

Nevertheless, in a dramatic flip of occasions particularly after the victory within the court docket, the Gombe Authorities Home denied that neither Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya nor the APC in Gombe State ever engaged the Metal Attorneys regulation agency.

The Director-Basic, Press Affairs, Gombe Authorities Home Ismaila Uba Misilli was mentioned to have insisted that there was no file of engagement of the Abuja attorneys of their custody.

“There exists no file of the engagement of a regulation agency named Metal Attorneys to characterize both the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Governor at any judicial stage – be it the Tribunal, Attraction Courtroom, or Supreme Courtroom.

“Legislation corporations representing our get together, the Governor, and his Deputy have been issued with engagement letters.

“For emphasis, now we have by no means retained the providers of a agency of solicitors/barristers by the identify – Metal Attorneys. All counsel engaged by us in any respect ranges of election proceedings are duly remunerated in step with phrases mutually agreed upon.”

However the Metal Attorneys dismissed the declare of the Gombe Governor insisting that the Abuja attorneys have been legally engaged and discharged the mandate on the court docket and should be paid freely or be compelled to take action by regulation court docket.

A recent demand letter by the Abuja attorneys led by Abubakar Marshall famous with concern that the governor and the APC have been insensitive to the debt cost inspite of the binding written settlement and written engagement to defend them within the court docket circumstances.

Within the letters of engagement issued to the aggrieved attorneys by the APC and obtained by DAILY POST, it was categorically said that Governor Yahaya whose curiosity within the 2023 normal election was being threatened then by the PDP, could be liable for the settlement of the authorized price of the engaged authorized practitioners.

The recent menace letter to the governor and APC dated March 28, 2024, was entitled “Last letter of demand to pay the negotiated N40M skilled authorized charges in FHC/ABJ)CS/1301/2022; CA/ABJ/CV/109/2023 and SC/2023 in PDP vs INEC and others.

It learn partially “The above material refers

“As your Excellency is little question conscious, it’s over a 12 months and three months because you briefed us and 14 months since we successfully and efficiently represented and defended your curiosity within the above-referred swimsuit and appeals.

“Regardless of repeated calls, pleas and calls for; we had written two earlier letters of demand to you; we had written one other letter to the APC Nationwide Chairman, but, your Excellency has failed, uncared for and refused to pay us our skilled authorized providers.

“Your Excellency, it’s over 450 days since we, as diligent labourers accomplished our job however with out our simply wage, we had pleaded, supplicated for it; severally knowledgeable you and your aides of urgent wants and challenges we face, but, now we have been ignored, resulting in untold inconveniences, hardships and unjust deprivation to us.

“As said in our earlier correspondences, we’re in pressing want of the skilled price for the job accomplished as every member of the crew has pressing and urgent wants, and the cash is instantly wanted to kind.

“We as soon as once more, beseech your Excellency to mandate the cost.

“Upon failing to accede to this request three days after from the date of receipt of this letter, we will with out additional recourse to you, strategy a court docket of competent jurisdiction for redress”.

The menace letter signed by Marshall Abubakar on behalf of Metal Attorneys was copied the APC Nationwide Chairman.

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