- Lauretta Onochie may be spending a lot of her time in the courts soon
- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP is dragging the presidential aide to court over defamation
- The former vice president is demanding for an and N500million
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked Lauretta Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, for an apology and N500million for defamation.
The Cable reports that in a letter dated Tuesday, May 14 and addressed to Onochie by Mike Ozekhome (SAN), his lawyer, Atiku threatened to commence a N2 billion suit against her if she did not meet his demands.
On Tuesday, May 7, Onochie had tweeted that Atikuwas on a United Arab Emirates (UAE) watch list.
See the tweet below:
Atiku asked Onochie to publish a retraction in six national newspapers and one international daily as well as on social media.
Part of the letter read: “Your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation
“It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.
“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.
“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism.
“Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop posturing as if they truly have the mandate of Nigerians for a second tenure.
The party in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Tuesday, May 14, accused the presidency of rigging the 2019 presidential election and trying to use another promise of true federalism to get legitimacy.
Ologbodiyan said the plan by the APC is dead on arrival, “as Nigerians are very much aware that he and his party, the APC, have never shown any commitment towards true federalism.”
He added that Nigerians have already bought into Atiku’s blueprint for governance, particularly his manifest genuine commitment towards the implementation of true federalism “and cannot fall for empty promises by President Buhari and the APC.”
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