The New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP) Ogun state chapter is seeking a refund of N2million it paid to its lead counsel, Chijioke Emeka (SAN), after he failed to show up during the hearing at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan.
South West Secretary of NNPP, Babatunde Oke while addressing journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday, expressed disappointment in Emeka’s conduct.
Oke, who spoke on behalf of the party, said the senior lawyer’s act is tantamount to the bastardization of the position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
It was gathered that in order to prosecute their petition at the Appeal Court, NNPP and its Ogun candidate in the 2023 gubernatorial elections, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, hired Emeka to join the appeal legal team as a lead counsel in a petition against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the omission of the party’s name on the ballot paper used during the March 18 election in the state
The party noted that Emeka was hired through their counsel, Isaac Dale Izunya. According to the spokesman, the lead counsel refused to appear at the hearing of the appeal on July 7.
Oke said the party was surprised that Emeka, after collecting fifty percent of his professional legal fee, allegedly failed to show up at the Appeal Court. The party is attributing the striking out of its case by the Appeal Court to his failure to appear for the hearing. Oke said that no excuse was given by the lead counsel for his failure to attend the Court.
He said: “No reason was given before and after his failure to show at the Appeal Court; hence, we are calling on NBA and other related associations to sanction Emeka (SAN) for his fraudulent act. The party is demanding a refund of its two million naira (N2,000,000) out of two million and five hundred thousand naira (2,500,000) part payment of the five million (5,000,000) legal fee from the counsel.”
In other news, a Nigerian event host, Derekumor Ebiaremene Claude popularly known as Shadow_mcfr, has revealed what his father’s greatest wish was for him.
He said during a Question and Answer segment on his Instagram story that his dad never supported his choice of becoming an MC.
The event Host said; “My father did everything possible to make sure I studied law, but I failed literature for some awkward reasons twice lol”.
Shadow_mcfr also expressed confidence in his ability and noted that he had always known he would be a prolific event MC the level of talent he possesses.
He recounted watching his childhood, saying he often watched the likes of Ali Baba, Basorge Tariah Jr, Ikay Osakioduwa, Ayo Makun. He said all the mentioned names have been a great source of inspiration to his brand and has always been that humorous, fun-filled and classy man.
The MC also said that while growing up he wanted to study Mass Communication because of his passion for Public Speaking and Entertainment, but he got a hint that his father would not pay his tuition fees for that course, so he went on to study Accounting at the prestigious Novena University Ogume, Delta State where he graduated with a Second Class (upper division).