Osinbajo Demands Apology, 2bn Naira Damages From Fani-Kayode

Yemi-Osinbajo_APC_VP_CandidateThe vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to apologise over “defamatory statements” against him.

In a letter dated February 28 and addressed to Mr Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osinbajo demanded for two billion Naira as damages.

He also demanded for 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,” Mr Osinbajo wrote, through his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, also a senior advocate.

“Misleading Defamatory Statements”

Mr Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, had on February 28, convened a press conference in Abuja, where he alleged that the APC’s vice presidential candidate had sworn an oath to vacate his seat should the party win the forthcoming election.

According to Mr Fani-Kayode, Senator Bola Tinubu, the APC’s National Leader, had nominated Mr Osinbajo as part of “plans to come to power through the back door”.

“Tinubu, according to our information, has compelled Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president, in the unlikely event that their party wins,” Mr Fani-Kayode said while addressing the press.

“The wicked plot, as laid out by them, is to force Osinbajo to resign for Tinubu to be nominated by Buhari as his replacement.”

Mr Falana said that the statement, wherein he labelled Mr Osinbajo as Mr Tinubu’s ‘stooge,’ hurt the vice presidential candidate, having been disseminated to millions of TV viewers, including on print and online media.

“As it were, the statement has now been published and circulated to an undetermined number of people in Nigeria, and internationally outside Nigeria,” Mr. Falana said.

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

Mr Falana further said that Mr Fani-Kayode’s statements implied that his client lacked integrity and had engaged in a conduct incompatible with his faith and ethics as a pastor and respected lawyer.

“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,” Mr Falana added.

Meanwhile, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has also demanded for five billion Naira from the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lai Mohammed, as damages for a ‘defamatory publication’.

A solicitor to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode,  Mr Ahmed Raji, who made the demand on Tuesday, also asked Mr Mohammed to withdraw the statement made on its client’s mental state and published on the Nation Newspaper.

In a letter written to Mr Lai Mohammed, signed by Whyte Prokunomaa, the Firm noted that Mr Fani-Kayode denied in its entirety, the contents of the publication.

 

Fani-Kayode Demands 5bn Naira Damages From Lai Mohammed

Femi-Fani-Kayode1-450x300The spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has demanded for five billion Naira from the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lai Mohammed, as damages for a ‘defamatory publication’.

A solicitor to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode,  Mr Ahmed Raji, who made the demand on Tuesday, also asked Mr Mohammed to withdraw the statement made on its client’s mental state and published on the Nation Newspaper.

In a letter written to Mr Lai Mohammed, signed by Whyte Prokunomaa, the Firm noted that Mr Fani-Kayode denied in its entirety, the contents of the publication.

The firm stated further that every allegation against Mr Fani-Kayode in the said publication was false and defamatory of his person and character.

Mr Mohammed in a statement in Dubai, stressed that the APC had never and would never wish anyone ill-health.

He said: “No! We have never and will never wish anyone any ill-health.

“However, we are seriously concerned that Mr Fani-Kayode may have unhinged, perhaps as a result of a relapse into an unhealthy lifestyle of substance abuse.

“Our concern stems from the series of incoherent behaviours exhibited by Mr Fani-Kayode in recent times, which call into question his state of mental health.”

However, Mr Fani-Kayode’ solicitor demanded that Mr Mohammed should withdraw the said statement and render an apology to its client within seven days of the receipt of the request.

It also noted that the APC’s National Publicity Secretary was expected to enter into negotiation for damages, stating that it had firm instructions to claim five Billion Naira damages against him.

Meanwhile, the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr Fani-Kayode to apologise over “defamatory statements” against him.

In a letter dated February 28 and addressed to Mr Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osinbajo demanded for two billion Naira as damages.

He also demanded for an immediate retraction of the “offensive and derogatory” publication and an apology on four Television channels and national newspapers.

Jonathan Unveils PDP Ward Volunteer Scheme

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, presided over the unveiling of the PDP Ward Volunteer Scheme, held inside the Presidential Villa.

There the President told the audience how convinced he was of victory come March 28 and April 11, 2015.

He challenged other parties to march their performances with those of the PDP not minding intimidation.

The President said that those who have not done anything have been intimidating the ruling party because the party has not been marketing itself.

He said that no matter the intimidation mounted against members of the ruling party by opposition parties, no political party would be able to beat the Peoples Democratic Party in the coming election.

In the same vein, the Director-General of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Ahmadu Ali, said that some foreign countries were opposed to Jonathan’s re-election bid because Jonathan kicked against and signed the anti same-sex bill into law.

He added also that the country could not afford a repeat of the era when Nigerians were crated and were ordered to be brought back to the country either dead or alive.

Speaking about the rationale behind the event, the Director, Contact and Mobilisation, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Prof. Jerry Gana, said that the event was meant to form greater synergy in the party’s campaign so that every candidate would be campaigning for all party candidates.

Speakers at the event jointly agreed that the meeting was to fine-tune election strategies and if diligently implemented, they would translate into victory for the party at all levels.

 

 

Group Strategizes To Stem Possible Logjam After Elections

February electionsLeaders of the Project Nigeria Movement otherwise known as Nigeria Consensus Group and the Citizens’ Advocacy Group of the Civil Society have resolved to initiate a major national parley on how best to intervene in the 2015 polls to stem a possible logjam in the aftermath of the elections.

The meeting which was expected to be attended by eminent leaders of thought and leading political activists in Nigeria is convened after initial consultation by the Leader of Project Nigeria Movement, PNM, Elder statesman and Eminent Jurist, Professor Ben Nwabueze.

According to a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos by the spokesperson of the movement, Che Olawale Okunniyi, the meeting was already proposed to hold in the first week of March in Lagos to give popular direction to Nigerians.

Okunniyi also stated that the forthcoming meeting, which is the first in the series of national intervention plan of the movement, would also dissect the profile and commitment of the two leading presidential candidates in the 2015 elections, as regards the popular agenda of Project Nigeria for a representative referendum, to restructure and give a brand new peoples’ constitution to Nigeria.

The statement also hinted about the possibility of setting up a technical assessment team, to interface with key players in the ongoing electoral process, to be able to arrive at a credible decision on the group’s political alignment

“It has become very crucial that we handle the situation well to prevent the imminent collapse of constitutional democracy in the country.

“As it now seems likely that by desperate and panicky actions of the political class, the prediction of the United States in 2005 about Nigeria’s disintegration in 2015 is about to come to pass.

“But we are quite upbeat about the prospects of this very strategic initiative, as over 50 invited leaders representing diverse platforms and interests have already confirmed their participation at the parley as we speak,” the statement concluded.

Fani-Kayode Accuses APC Of Plans To Rig 2015 Elections

fani-kayodeThe Director of Media and Publicity of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, says the campaign against the deployment of military personnel for the elections by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a ploy by the opposition to have a safe haven for electoral malpractice.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Mr. Fani-Kayode accused the APC of planning to cause security breaches and possibly rig the forthcoming elections.

He also refuted the claim of an audio tape revealing how security agents were allegedly used to rig the Ekiti State governorship elections in 2014.