- The Buhari Campaign Organisation has slammed N40million libel suit against Atiku and his aide, Phrank Shaibu
- The group is asking the court to compel Atiku to pay damages for claiming that President Buhari and members of his family own shares in 9mobile and Keystone Bank
- The BCO said Atiku's claim was not only false but highly libelous and had caused embarrassment and pain for President Buhari
The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has reportedly instituted a N40million libel suit against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, accusing him of defaming President Muhammadu Buhari and his family.
According to Vanguard, President Buhari was cited as the 2nd plaintiff in the suit which was filed before a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The plaintiffs are praying the court to compel Atiku to pay damages for claiming that President Buhari and members of his family own substantial shares in 9mobile and Keystone Bank.
The suit has Atiku’s aide, Phrank Shaibu as the 1st defendant and Atiku as the 2nd defendant.
The BCO in the suit that insisted that the claim that President Buhari and his family have shares 9mobile and Keystone Bank was not only false but highly libelous.
The plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that “the 1 st Defendant (Phrank Shaibu) on behalf and for the 2nd Defendant (Atiku) neglectfully, unlawfully and recklessly permitted and caused to be published in Newspapers, defamatory and damaging statements against the 1st Plaintiff (President Buhari)”.
The BCO also reportedly applied for an order of the court for specific damages against the defendants jointly and severally in the sum of thirty millions naira (N30,000,000.00) as the total sum above listed as financial loss the plaintiffs incurred due to the wrongful, neglectful and fraudulent acts of the defendants which forced the plaintiffs to spend to correct the wrong impression created in the minds of the members of the public due to the publication caused and published by the defendants.
The plaintiffs also want an order for “general damages in the sum of ten million naira only (N10,000,000,00) jointly and severally against the defendants for the embarrassment, pain and unnecessary financial loss suffered by the plaintiffs most particularly the 1st plaintiff who is a public figure, an honourable presidential candidate and reputable gentleman to the core”.
The plaintiffs want an order of the court “for the payment of the sum of three hundred and seventy five thousand naira only (N375,OOO.OO) being incidental expenses and/or legal charges which the 1 st Plaintiff incurred in respect of this matter”.
The BCO's director of communication and strategic planning, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, in a witness statement on oath, told the court that the PDP flag bearer and his media aide engaged in smeared campaign of calumny against Buhari by willfully allowing and sponsoring the said purported defamatory and image damaging statements made by the 1st defendant to be published by some newspapers to members of the public.
Ibrahim said President Buhari’s reputation was greatly affected by undue diligence with regards to the authenticity of the information as it relates to the true ownership of the alleged companies which the 1st defendant on behalf and for the 2nd defendant, falsely published in the newspapers for the consumption of the general public.
He stated that Atiku's aide"has the duty to investigate any information/ documents means to be issued out either by words of mouth or publication to the members of public, most particularly where such information concerned a third a party or any member of the public."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a group of investors in Lagos state debunked the claim by Atiku that family members of President Buhari own shares in 9mobile and Keystone bank.
The group condemned the opposition party for the claim and insisted that the sales of two companies followed due processes with the involvements of industries regulators.
The group of investors led by Michael Akekehgon, who spoke on behalf of the group said the process of selecting preferred bidders for 9mobile was open and transparent.
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