Godon Irikefe, Abuja
May 17, 2015 – A former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo has expressed misgivings on the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered him out of his rented apartment in Maitama, stressing that the court erred in law.
Nwobode addressed the press through his lawyer Mr. Amobi Nzelu on Sunday, stressing that his client has been living in the affected property situated at 24 Ona Crescent, Plot 768 Cadastral Zone A5, Maitama Abuja for some time now adding that his client has appealed the judgement.
He was unhappy that the respondent released the judgment to the press after two months but failed to inform the media that he has appealed the judgment.
Adin Miles International Limited, was said to have sometime in 2008 bought the property from one Alhaji Al-Mustapha Abubakar who had earlier leased the property to Nwobodo.
“It is not about non-payment of rent as was wrongly reported in the media. My client was ready to pay rent. He was negotiating for an outright sale. The man that bought this property is a fellow Igbo man and knew that my client was occupying this house and that he was his former governor.
“Despite knowing these facts, he still went behind and bought the property, and then told his lawyer not to disclose his identify to my client. That was what happened. A Yoruba man will not do this to his brother, an Hausa man won’t do this to his brother. My client had an agreement with the person that sold the house. We do not have any business with the new buyer. I have raised the issue in court, but the Judge closed his eyes on these issues,” he said.
The ex-governor is praying the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the lower court delivered on March 25 2015 by Justice Suleiman Belgore, in favour of the respondent, Adin Miles International Limited.
“The learned trial Judge erred in law when he failed to appreciate the fact that for title to vest in any person who purchase a property in Abuja, the consent of the Hon. Minister of the FCT, Abuja must be sought and obtained and this failure occasioned miscarriage of justice.
“The learned trial Judge erred in law when he entered judgment in favour of the respondent without seeing any deed of sale nor deed of assignment nor power of attorney and this occasioned miscarriage of justice,” he said.