By Ogbanna Amadi
The legal team of Mr. Tee Mac Omatsola Iseli should by now be putting finishing touches to arrangements aimed at paying the sum of N48, 000.00, from court rulings during legal tussles by him aimed at remaining on the seat as President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) as against legally acceptable President of the highest Musician body in Nigeria, Admiral Dele Abiodun.
In 2006, in a ruling against Tee Mac who was carrying on an inherited litigation from previous illegal administration of Mr. Bolaji Rosiji, was awarded a N25, 000 fine, where the court maintained that since Barrister Fred Agbaje, who is the Legal Adviser of PMAN swore Admiral Dele Abiodun as President, Abiodun should remain President until the court pronounces otherwise.
Justice L.G.A. Marsh gave this ruling against a motion filed by Bolaji Rosiji who insisted that Fred Agbaje was not qualified to be the counsel to Dele Abiodun, in substantive suit that he (Abiodun) should stop parading himself as President of PMAN.
It would be recalled that Bolaji Rosiji illegally handed over to Tee Mac a development the court pronounced illegal.
In an appeal against the ruling, from which they eventually absconded, the court also awarded N3, 000.00 fines against him (Tee Mac). And when they eventually returned for the appeal, which they also lost again, the court ordered Tee Mac to pay Dele Abiodun another N10, 000.
On Friday, August 14, 2009, Tee Mac incurred another legal debt of N10, 00, when he lost a bid to upturn the court judgment that pronounced Dele Abiodun the authentic President of PMAN.
Tee Mac who had made relentless efforts to retain PMAN Presidency may have lost a considerable sum of money, as he used several lawyers to pursue his futile desire to hold on to the PMAN Presidency. He has however not redeemed any of his legal debts to Abiodun which totalled at N48, 000.00.
Justice Olayinka of Lagos High Court threw the motion by Tee Mac to overturn the Justice L. G. A Marsh judgment of Ikeja High Court, declaring that the circumstances that brought Admiral Dele Abiodun in as President of PMAN was legal.
Tee Mac had persistently paraded himself as a President of PMAN in spite of judgments to the contrary. He claimed that the last judgment was biassed and that it was a simple ruling, asking the court to set it aside to permit him continue to reign as President of PMAN.
The court cited over seven cases to buttress the fact that there was no way the judgment could be set aside.
The judge said the application lacked merit and that, the court does not have the jurisdiction to upturn a judgment delivered by a court of competent jurisdiction, noting that rather than the claim by Tee Mac that it was a ruling, the court discovered that it was a full-fledged judgment.
Ordinarily, Tee Mac should have contested the initial judgment at the Appeal Court but he didnâ€™t, until the time frame available to him for an appeal elapsed.
The court was displeased by Tee Macâ€™s unnecessary waste of precious judicial time, hence dismissed the motion as frivolous, awarding N10, 000.00 as fine against him, in favour of Admiral Dele Abiodun.
However, when reacting to the judgment, PMAN President, Admiral Dele Abiodun said â€œthere is no winner or vanquished as far as issues relating to PMAN is concerned. We are now through with litigations and it is time for all of us to come around to work for the Unionâ€.
He called on all musicians in the country to join hand with the current PMAN leadership, to move the music industry to the next level.