By Emem Idio, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa has ordered the Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to pay the sum of N105 million excellent arrears of hire to the owner of its state secretariat advanced, in Yenagoa the state capital.
Delivering his judgement on Suit No: YNC/50/2019, on Thursday, Justice T. Cocodia, granted the owner and former council chairman, Mr Chubby Walson’s declaration, that he’s entitled to cost of hire from the PDP for using his six-winged storey constructing situated alongside Alamieyeseigha Expressway, Yenagoa, as Corporate Secretariat advanced of the PDP from August 2008 until date.
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He ordered, “that the PDP should pay the landlord the sum of N85 million being the balance of unpaid rent from July 2010 to July 2018 for a six-winged storey building used as corporate secretariat of the party in Bayelsa State.”
Justice Cocodia additionally ordered the PDP to pay the due hire of N20 million to the owner as hire from July 2018 to July 2019 if the matter transcends August 1, 2019.
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A property proprietor and former council chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area, Mr Chubby Walson, final 12 months had dragged the PDP, Bayelsa State chapter to a state excessive court docket for failure to pay amassed hire arrears since 2010.
In his response to the judgment, counsel to the owner, Kelvin Ejelonu Esq, described the judgement as nicely deserved as not solely did the claimant show his case but in addition the defendant (PDP) didn’t in anyway discountenance the case of the claimant which was established by a preponderance of the proof, including that “the judgment reemphasizes the fact that once you have a legal right and you pursue same through the courts you are sure to get justice.”