The Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate in the last general elections, Atiku Abubakar, is demanding N500m and an apology from President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on social media, Lauretta Onochie, for “spreading lies capable of damaging” his reputation.
She is to publish the apology in six national dailies, one international daily and all social media platforms where the contentious publication was made.
He is also threatening to sue her for N2bn and cyber bullying if she fails to comply with his demands.
A letter addressed to Onochie and signed by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Atiku said he took exception to Onochie’s tweet which states, ‘Atiku on UAE watch list- Security Sources.’
According to Atiku, he is not and was never on any watch list.
The letter reads in part, “We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand from you the following: That you publish and tender a written retraction and apology for the said libellous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily as well as on all social media platforms wherein the said publication was made.
“That you pay to our client through the firm, the sum of N500,000,000 only representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by your said defamatory publication.
“Take notice that if you fail or refuse to accede to our 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 be in such a suit claiming against you the sum of N2bn representing exemplary aggravated and punitive damages.”