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Alleged defamatory comments: Osinbajo demands N2bn damages from Fani-Kayode


LAGOS—Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has demanded N2 billion as damages from the presidential spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode for alleged publication and dissemination of defamatory statements against him.

Professor Osinbajo is also asking for immediate retraction within seven days of the offensive and derogatory publication as well as apology on four TV channels and four national newspapers circulating in all parts of Nigeria.

In a letter addressed to Mr Fani-Kayode by Lagos lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, on behalf of Osinbajo, he is complaining of a statement made by the PDP presidential spokesman which was broadcast on Channels TV and published in several newspapers alleging that “Osinbajo made a secret oath with Senator Bola Tinubu to be his surrogate as Vice President for a period of six months to be followed by his resignation.”

According to the statement, “the direct meaning of the false defamatory statements is that Professor Osinbajo is deceitful and that his characterisation of Osinbajo as a “stooge”suggests that he is complicit in a fraud against the Nigerian people.

“Professor Osinbajo is participating in a device that constitutes subterfuge and lacks integrity, in concert with others who you also characterise as evil, insensitive, wicked, selfish and desperate.

“Professor Osinbajo, who is a pastor, professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria has engaged in conduct that is incompatible with his faith, role/ethics as a senior and respected lawyer

“We therefore demand immediate retraction of the offensive and derogatory publication and apology on four TV channels and four national newspapers circulating in all parts of Nigeria and damages in the sum of N2 billion.

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