Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, was on Tuesday arraigned at the State High Court in Ado Ekiti for alleged refusal to pay  N900 million he owed Owoseni Ajayi, who was Commissioner for Justice under his administration.

Mr Ajayi was Fayose’s Attorney General during his first tenure(2003-2006) and his second term(2014-2018).

He filed the suit against his former boss on 17th December, 2018 after they parted ways.

In the suit marked HAD/113/2018, the claimant, Ajayi, said he handled a total of 18 cases through his law chambers for the former governor, with each costing a sum of N50 million as professional fee, which alleged were not paid for .

Mr Ajayi said the said cases were prosecuted for Mr Fayose between 2006 and 2014, which bordered on his impeachment in 2006 and the corruption case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, among others.

In the writ of summons deposed to by the claimant, Mr Ajayi prayed the court for an order compelling Mr Fayose to pay the professional fee without delay.

He also sought an order compelling the defendant to pay 20 percent interest on the debt from October 5, 2018 and 10percent from the day of judgement.

But Mr Fayose in his preliminary objection, urged the court to  dismiss the case on the premise that it was statute barred, improperly constituted and that the claimant failed to comply with the conditions  precedent .

While being cross-examined  in court, Mr Fayose described himself as a  full time politician, and he admitted to his statement on oath of April 16, 2019 that the suit was ill-conceived and lacking the legal validity to fly. 

“Yes, I knew him, he did some few works for me,” he said while answering questions on his relationship with Mr Ajayi.

“Between 2006 – 2017, he was working with me and also keeping documents for me.”

At the proceeding, Mr Ajayi was represented by Bayo Idowu, while the former governor was represented by his counsel, Ahmed Tafa. 

The matter presided over by Justice L.O. Ogundana, was adjourned to December 13, 2022, for both parties to adopt  their final replies and written addresses.

Mr Ajayi had since broken ties with his former boss since 2018 when his effort to become the PDP governorship candidate was allegedly thwarted by Mr Fayose.

He left the PDP to the APC and lately joined the Social Democratic Party prior to the last June 18 governorship election. won by Biodun Oyebanji.

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