Our courts have accepted that notwithstanding that there is no note or memorandum the doctrine of part performance will operate in favour of the party seeking specific performance of a contract made in contravention of the statutory provision requiring written memorandum if the following conditions are satisfied: 1. there must be proper oral evidence to prove or establish the terms of the contract. 2. the contract must be specifically enforceable in other words it must not be a contract of personal service and the like. 3. for any act to suffice as part performance it must be unequivocally, and in its own nature referable to some such agreement as that alleged. It is however enough if the act is such as prove the existence of some contract and is consistent with the contract alleged. 4. If the plaintiff has wholly or in part executed his part of parol agreement in the confidence that the defendant would do the same.
– Amaizu, J.C.A. Adeniran v. Olagunju (2001)