Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has given Lauretta Onochie, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Social Media, a 48-hour ultimatum to retract a defamatory tweet against him.
Atiku had claimed that Onochie, on May 7, 2019, tweeted on her twitter handle that he (Atiku) is on the watch list of security agencies in the United Arab Emirates.
The tweet also accused Atiku Abubakar of living in the UAE since he lost election with the intent of shopping for terrorists. In his response to the tweet, Atiku, in a letter to Onochie, dated May 14, denied the allegations levelled against him.
Atiku, through his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekome, SAN, demanded an apology and retraction of the said defamatory publication as well as pressed for minimal damages.
“We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand from you, the following: That you publish and tender a written retraction of and apology for, the said libelous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily, as well as on all the social media platforms, wherein the said publication was made.
“That you pay to our client through this firm, the sum of N500,000,000 (five hundred million naira) only, representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by your said defamatory publication,” Ozekhome wrote.
“Take notice that if you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to our above modest demands within the next 48 hours from the date of this letter, we shall be compelled to activate the full weight of the legal machinery against you, without any further recourse to you.
“We shall, in such a suit, be claiming against you, the sum of N2billion , representing exemplary, aggravated and punitive damages. This shall be in addition to our demands in the paragraphs above,” Ozekhome stated. Leadership