The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will sue Lauretta Onochie, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari for over N2bn after she failed to apologise and pay him the sum of N500m for allegedly defaming his character.
Atiku’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), made this known to the Press on Tuesday evening, saying the 48 hours given to Onochie to settle the matter out of court had lapsed.
But rather than pay the N500m and writing an apology as demanded by Atiku, the President’s aide went ahead to insult the former Vice-President again on social media, he regretted.
Ozekhome said, “Of course, we are going to court because she has even aggravated the issue. She posted another comment online abusing Atiku saying that he was talking nonsense. She seems not to understand the gravity of what she has done.
“She has aggravated the matter. We shall meet in court and we practise a constitutional democracy and we are a society governed by laws. We are preparing to go to court. In my chambers, we don’t threaten people for the fun of it.
“When we say we will go to court if a demand is not meant, we stand by our words. We may even increase the lawsuit above N2bn because she has aggravated the matter.”
Recall that Mr. Atiku had on Sunday written a letter to Onochie accusing her of character defamation for saying on Twitter that he was on a security watch list in the United Arab Emirates.
The former vice president therefore demanded from Onochie a written apology in six national dailies and the sum of N500m. Atiku had threatened to sue if she failed
The next day, Onochie said on her Facebook page that Atiku was a depressed man who was trying to distract her.