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Tackle for tackle: APC, PDP in N27b legal war



Some major actors in the nation’s political scene, especially those involved in the campaigns for the forthcoming elections are not smiling right now. More and more dirty linens are being washed in the public glare, as they tackle each other to the ground.

The campaign of calumny has heightened, and the mudslinging in getting dirtier. They are now resorting to threatening each other with law suits and possible jail time if the other party does not back down or apologise.

So far, three threats of law suits have been mouthed amounting to the tune of N27billion.

In one of the case, vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has threatened a legal action against the spokesman for the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, for what he described as defamation of his person.

Fani-Kayode had, in a recent press statement made available to various media houses, alleged that Osinbajo had taken a secret oath with a national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, to relinquish power as vice president to Tinubu after six months in office, in the event that the APC won the presidential election.

In a letter written on his behalf by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), Osibanjo asked Fani-Kayode to tender a public apology to him which should be aired on four television stations and published in four national dailies in addition to a payment of N2bn for the damages already done against his person.

In another instance, Fani-Kayode, has also threatened to sue the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for N5 billion for allegedly defaming his character. Fani-Kayode, in a letter by his solicitors, Ahmed Raji & Co, said Mohammed defamed him via a statement he issued on Monday expressing doubt about his sanity.

He therefore requested that the spokesman of the APC withdraw the defamatory statement and enter into negotiations with his lawyers to avert a N5 billion suit being slammed on him.

This is even as an APC national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is set to sue the management of Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), for what he said is the defamatory content of a documentary aired by the television station.

Counsel to Tinubu, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, in a letter asked Daar Communications to apologise for the content and stop further airing. The letter also demanded for N20 billion as cost of damage done to the reputation of his client failing which the client will sue the company.

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  1. Jedimaster

    March 4, 2015 at 7:12 am

    This farce continues, this is a badly written political comedy. It’s quite entertaining though, so instead of wasting time on labourous law suits, why not just issue a public statement containing facts that disprove such allegations?

    • Don Lucassi

      March 4, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Jedimaster, you are clueless o. U think this is really about lawsuits? Or that its labourous? Why would they make a statement to disprove the allegations? You are clearly in the dark as to what these actions are supposed to achieve.

      • Jedimaster

        March 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

        enlighten me

        • Don Lucassi

          March 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

          Its all to gain voters. At least one person on has switched sides, even just based on this. The aim is to discredit your opponent, with the use of truth or lies. I sure say u be south south person, una no too dey get sense like Jona

  2. Jedimaster

    March 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Please enlighten me

  3. de don

    March 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

    march 28th will judge the winner and this ridiculous comedy will end

    • Don Lucassi

      March 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      End? Abi it will just start. U think one party would win and the other party will just accept? March 28 will be season 1. This is Game of Thrones!!!

  4. damizzle!!

    March 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    hian!!!sue here sue there c as sue full evrywhere….and they r mentioning billions o!!!thief pple…mtchewww!!!!

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