Lawyer seeks to collect N600m legal fees from Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekit State has been asked to pay N600 million by one Owoseni Ajayi, a lawyer based in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state for legal services rendered to the governor.

Ajayi, who was Fayose’s lawyer before he was appointed Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, listed 13 high-profile cases he handled for Fayose which had not been paid for.

In a letter made available to reporters in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, he said he was demanding N600million at the rate of N50million for each of the case listed, subject to accruable interest.

“You will recall that you never paid our chamber, Owoseni Ajayi & Associates for the services rendered throughout the time because of your financial incapacitation despite numerous demands because you were already out of office at the material time,” the letter read.

“It should be stressed that we never acted free because we are legal practitioners working for our legal fee nor offered you ‘pro bono’ service because you were not a pauper to be qualified for such a service.

“We merely showed understanding up till now because of the prevalent circumstances verily known to you. And now that you have served another term as Governor of Ekiti State, you are financially strong enough to pay the said sum as demanded.

“Sir, you will agree with us that a labourer deserves his wages. We thank you for your patronage and we also deserve commendation for having discharged our professional responsibility with diligence and without compromise.

“And also for saving Your Excellency from several legal embarrassments,” Ajayi said.

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