[BREAKING NEWS] THE TIDES TURN AGAINST BUHARI AS HE DRAGS ATIKU TO COURT; ATIKU DEMANDS N2B
The hunter is now the hunted as the tides is turning against President Muhammadu Buhari in the libel suit FCT/HC/804/2019 between President Muhammadu Buhari (GCON) and Buhari Campaign Organization Vs Phrank Shaibu and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar filed before a High Court in Abuja, Nigeria.
Bar. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), counsel to Atiku and Phrank in the statement of defense and counter claim filed on behalf of the defendants maintains that “the alleged defamatory statements are impartial observations, opinions and criticisms on a matter of public interest of Nigerian Citizens and dispassionate expression of opinions based on true facts”.
Adding that the statements complained of “were fair comments” and “the true state of things in the country even knowledgeable to the common man and the plaintiffs’ reputation cannot be damaged by virtue of the truth, nor be allowed to recover any compensation”, since the statements were not motivated by malice as alleged.
“A matter of public interest on which everyone is entitled to make fair comments on cannot be said to be defamatory”, the former Attorney General of Imo State, Barr Ume argues further.
Buttressing his claims, the radical SAN graphically highlights that the following are proofs that the statements of his clients about the plaintiffs are true:
1. Nature of lopsided appointments being foundation of ethnic corruption of national resources, breaching section 14 of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
2. Failure to protect lives of citizens, which is the 1st plaintiff’s constitutional duty as he sworn in his Oaths of Office; resulting in unprecedented IDP camps all over the country.
3. Double standard electoral corruption of the President Buhari’s administration as evident in his being a direct beneficiary of free and fair election devoid of military supervision in 2015; in respect of the judgment of Justice Aikawa, restraining the then President (Jonathan) and INEC from engaging the services of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the security supervision of elections “in any manner whatsoever in any part of Nigeria”. Yet the same Buhari has thwarted same to his own political advantage by engaging the Armed Forces in the 2019 General Elections”.
4. The tyranny exhibited by the 1st plaintiffs in desecrating the judiciary process of the nation in “flagrant abuse of his veto power, without any unilateral support from other tiers of the Nigerian Government; illegally and constitutionally suspending the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen on 25th January, 2019 without strict adherence to the provisions of section 292 of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
In addition the SAN insists that the second plaintiffs, Buhari Campaign Organization, is not a juristic person that can sue and be sued, hence the Suit is incompetent.
Thus, submitting that the the libel is not properly constituted, praying the court to strike it out and award the sum of two billion naira (N2b) in favour of the defendants. Praying further that 50% of the damages being one billion naira (N1b) be sent to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), while the balance which will be one billion naira (N1b) should go for equipping libraries and ICT equipment for all State Universities in Nigeria.