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The lingering battle between the Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Senator Femi Okurounmu has taken another dimension as the Former governor wrote his accuser demanding for the Sum of N3 billion among other apology publications in the front pages of seven daily newspapers.
The former Governor is currently tackling the fourth republic Senator over alleged libelous utterances made against him in an interview with two of the national dailies.
Osoba, through his legal counsel, Barr Wole Olanipekun, SAN in a letter dated 23rd July, and obtained by PLATFORM TIMES debunked Okunromu’s claims describing them as an act targeted at tarnishing the image of the accused (Chief Osoba).
In the said interview, Okurounmu likened Osoba to a double-faced politician who has one of his faces to be an acclaimed progressive and the other as an agent working with the security forces.
Okurounmu also claimed that Osoba wasn’t in full support of the June 12 emancipation movement but was in support of the late military administrator Gen. Sani Abacha’s move to be a live President of Nigeria, but luck ran against him and ran back to the Afenifere after Abacha’s sudden death.
All this claims, Osoba has denied and demanded a retraction of the claims by Okunrounmu through the front pages of seven consecutive editions of both newspapers, starting from Monday, 29
In the letter written to Okurounmu, Osoba however gave his accuser a-14 days ultimatum to retract his statements hence, he is dragged to court.
The letter reads,”Since the said publications, our client has received, and continues to receive several telephone calls, text messages, letters, mails etc., from friends, relations, associates and well wishers from within and outside Nigeria, expressing their shock, outrage and disappointment at their contents; further questioning our client as to the integrity which he has been known for over the years, particularly in view of the statements and assertions made by you in the said publications.
“Arising from the foregoing, we have the further instruction of our client to demand from you the following:
“Directing a retraction of the said interviews granted by you and published in the Daily Independent newspaper of Thursday, July 11, 2019 and the Saturday Sun newspaper of July 20, 2019;
“Public apology to our client to be published on the front pages of seven (7) consecutive editions of both newspapers, starting from Monday, 29th July, 2019;
“A sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira) as damages for the said libelous publications.
“You are given fourteen (14) days from the date of this letter within which to comply with our client’s simple demands; otherwise, our final instruction is to commence proceedings against you, claiming reliefs in terms of the said demands, plus aggravated and exemplary damages.”
The letter further reads, “There is no gainsaying the fact that the words employed by you in defaming our client are weighty and far reaching. In their natural and ordinary meanings, the words present our client as representing everything negative, retrogressive and treacherous. The innuendoes embedded in the said words are clear cut, pointing and leading to your objective of parading and presenting our client to the public as one who should be treated with disdain and contempt.
“Clearly, by the said interviews and subsequent publications of same, you have not only defamed our client, but have also brought him to public ridicule and odium. You have virtually discounted all what our client has achieved in life and rubbished his image. Your action has been actuated by malice and hatred.
“Our client’s hard-earned reputation has been seriously dented and damaged, while he has also suffered considerable distress and embarrassment.”