Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State wants N10Bn from Adams Oshiomhole, the new national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the next seven days or face court action.
Ortom also wants the following from the Edo State former governor: A letter of retraction/apology addressed to our client in respect of the false, defamatory and libelous statement made against him in the sponsored press conference herein complained of;
That the said retraction/apology be simultaneously published in the Sunday edition of 10 National Dailies circulating within Benue State as well as a paid advertorial to the same effect on the prime time beats of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Channels Tv, TVC News, African Independent Television (AIT), Independent Television (ITV) Benin, Radio Nigeria, Radio Benue and Harvest FM, Makurdi;
And an undertaking not to indulge in any such false publication against our client in future.
Ortom’s demands came through his lawyer, Samuel Irabor of Irabor and Associates, based in Makurdi, Benue State, dated August 6, 2018, and made available to Silver News.
Ortom said through his lawyers that the APC national chairman disparaged him in a national television programme and in the print media, remarks that the Benue Governor said members of the public to believe that he was responsible for non-payment of salaries to workers in the state, diversion of the bailout funds and Paris Club Refund, and killings in the middle belt state.
The concluding part of the Letter of Demand stated thus: “There is also no gainsaying the fact that the false allegations you have leveled against our client are weighty and same would have demanded a greater degree of circumspection, sobriety and deep reflection from you before rushing to the public domain. For one who is purportedly schooled, it is taken for granted that you are fully abreast of the legal obligation cum implication that he who asserts has a corresponding burden to prove. Regrettably, in your case you spoke not to records but to base political sentiments. Therefore, the only inference to draw is that your unproven allegation was informed by a dangerously cultivated, albeit unwarranted malice against our client.”
Ortom said the payment of N10Bn would be “as punitive, general, exemplary and aggravated damages”.
He added: “We have our client’s express instruction that the terms above be met within seven days of receipt of this letter. It is the further instruction of our client that in the event of any failure, refusal or neglect to conform to the terms set out above, he would be left with no option than to commence appropriate legal proceedings against you in the law Court.”