Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Defamatory Statements”: Apologise Before 7 Days Or Meet Me In Court, Osinbajo Tells FFK

APC’s vice-presidential candidate, Professor Osinbajo has threatened to drag the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode to court for daring to say he took an oath with former Lagos State Governor and one of APC’s National leaders, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to vacate the vice-presidential office for him after six months if APC wins the forthcoming presidential elections.

While speaking through his lawyer, Femi Falana, in a letter dated February 28, Mr. Osinbajo demanded the sum of N2 billion as damages. He also demanded an immediate retraction of the “offensive and derogatory” publication and an apology on four Television channels and national newspapers.

“Be advised that if we do not receive your formal retraction and apology and damages as demanded within seven days of receipt hereof, we shall proceed with our client’s instructions to seek appropriate legal remedies for your publication and dissemination of defamatory statements,” Femi Falana, said.

He continued, “The direct meaning, imputation, purport and/or innuendo or insinuation of the false, misleading and defamatory statements is that: ‘Professor Osinbajo is deceitful. Essentially, you alleged that his motivation and pledge to serve as Vice President of Nigeria is inconsistent with his avowed desire to serve this nation with General Buhari, and work assiduously to deliver the benefits of his commitment, party and personal promises to the people.’

“Your characterization of Professor Osinbajo as a ‘stooge’ in context suggests that he is complicit in a fraud against the Nigerian people.”

“It is clear that the entire publication was a vicious, wicked and reckless ploy to impugn the reputation of our client and lower him in the estimation of right thinking members of the public.

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