Owner of the building that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, uses as its secretariat in Ekiti State, Ropo Adesanya, has opened evidence before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court in a bid to recover N1.5 million rent owed by the party.
Adesanya, who was led in evidence by his Counsel, Kolade Ilesanmi, told the court that the rent for four flats of three-bedroom each had expired since August 2014 without the PDP renewing its rent.
According to him, the ruling party in the state has refused to vacate the property even after it failed to pay its annual rent.
Adesanya told the court that he instructed his lawyer to write the defendant, compelling them to pay the rent after which he paid visits to the secretariat to personally solicit payment but all to no avail.
He noted that after all efforts to collect the rent proved futile, he told his lawyer to write and serve the PDP quit notice.
The plaintiff, through his counsel, tendered the quit notice which was admitted in evidence and marked Exhibit ‘A’.
Following their refusal to pay their debt, Adesanya added that he instructed his lawyer to write a second notice, which was a seven-day notice for the PDP to quit the property.
An attempt to tender the second notice was objected to by Counsel to the defendant, Sunday Olowolafe, on grounds that the notice in question was served on a wrong person.
Olowolafe argued that the right person to be served was the PDP secretary and not the organising secretary, adding that for such a letter to be tenable there should be a consent letter from the landlord to the tenant.
The defence counsel asked for an adjournment to enable him address the court on the point of law.
Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo subsequently adjourned the case to November 9 for further hearing.
Speaking with journalists after the case was adjourned, Adesanya said he decided to drag the PDP to court, as all efforts to recover the rent proved abortive.
He added that he was issued a dud cheque by the leadership of the party which became a subject of investigation by the Police Special Fraud Unit, SFU.
Adesanya said: “I have suffered emotionally and financially as a result of their refusal to pay this money. They are refusing to pay and at the same time, refused to leave my property.
“Remember that they burnt that building twice as a result of their internal crisis. I want them to vacate the building so that further damage will not be done on my property.”
But the PDP Chairman, Idowu Faleye, who also spoke with journalists after the court proceeding, said the party pleaded with the landlord to give them more time to pay only to be served with court papers.
“We did not refuse to leave the property, he brought the letter to us and we asked him to give us time. I don’t see any justification in going to court because I will have to pass the request to the appropriate authorities.
“I believe there are motives behind it since he has now gone to court. If he consents to an out-of-court settlement, why not? We are not jittery at all.”

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