The owner of the building housing the Bayelsa state secretariat of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Chubby Ben Walson has threatened to take legal action against the party over the plan to vacate the property without paying the six years arrears of unpaid rent which amounted to N105 million.
Mr. Ben Walton, who rented out the six winged storey building to the state PDP to use as secretariat since 2008, said the party has been owing him for six years now without paying, disclosing that instead of paying for his property, the party wrote to him that they are vacating the building.
On June 18, 2020 the state High Court sitting in delivered a judgement mandated the leadership of the party to pay a total sum N105 million to the landlord being the outstanding rent owed for the property.
Walton said: “After the judgement, the party through one of his executive approached his lawyer on how to settle the debt, only for me to released that the party was just buying time to vacate the building without settling the debt.
“The party state Chairman, Solomon Agwana and Secretary, Gesiye Isowo has written to me stating that they are officially vacating my property after destroying same, in the said letter, the party admitted that they have been in occupation of my property from August 1, 2008 till date and yet have wickedly refused to pay me the due rent for the past six years.
“PDP refusing to pay me my due rent is simply the story of callousness and wickedness, that is the property they have been occupying to record several electoral victories in Bayelsa State.
“I will still take steps to seek redress for the damage and destruction of my property and PDP should not in any way wail or bemoan their faith if the law of karma visit it.” He said.
But the state leadership of PDP, in a letter to the landlord, signed by its state Chairman, Hon. Solomon Agwana and Secretary, Hon. Gesiye Isowo admitted that they have been using the property for from August 2008, informing him that they have vacated the building but did not state if they will pay up the outstanding rents.
The letter read; “This is to officially notify you that we have vacated your property that is situated along Alamieyeseigha expressway, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, that you entered a tendency agreement with Chief Rufus Abadi, the erstwhile party Chairman on 1st of August, 2008 wherein he now offered the property to the party. That from 1st August, 2008 till date PDP had been in occupation of the property.
“We humbly, ask that you take possession of your property from the date of your receipt of this letter as we are no longer interested in occupying same.” The letter reads.