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Court Awards N20, 000 Against Obasanjo In Libel Suit

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OBJ-KashamuAn Abuja High Court on Tuesday ordered former President Olusegun Obasanjo to file a statement of defence in a libel suit brought against him by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Buruji Kashamu.

Justice Velentine Ashi gave the order when counsel to Mr. Obasanjo, Ojugwu Akana, made an oral application for an extension of time to file the statement.

Mr. Ashi also awarded N20, 000 cost against Mr. Obasanjo and subsequently adjourned the case until June 10 for definite hearing.

Earlier, Mr. Akana told the court that he filed a motion dated May 5 seeking an order of the court to grant extension of time to file their statement of defence.

He also submitted that the extension of time would enable them to file the statement of their witness on oath.

“My lord, this extension will enable us to get a copy of the judgment of Court of Appeal in Illinois, the United States of America.

“My lord, this judgment is vital in the defence of our case because a high court in Illinois had earlier ruled that Kashamu has a case to answer.

“He appealed the ruling because he was not satisfied with the decision of the court in Illinois”, he said.

Mr. Akana objected to granting any cost to Mr. Kashamu, as this was the first time the case was being adjourned at the instance of the defendant.

Mr. Kashamu filed the suit in March over a letter Mr. Obasanjo allegedly wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan which referred to him (Kashamu) as “a criminal and fugitive wanted in the United States”.

Mr. Kashamu is asking the court to award him N200 million as the cost of damages he suffered due to the alleged libel.

Counsel to Mr. Kashamu, Kenneth Omoruan, did not object to the oral application.

Mr. Omoruan, however, prayed the court for the N200, 000 cost that the adjournment might cause him.

Mr. Obasanjo had in his letter to President Jonathan lamented how the Peoples Democratic Party structure in Ogun State could be given to Mr. Kashamu, who is wanted in the U.S.

Mr. Kashamu is a known loyalist of President Jonathan and has claimed that the U.S. case is one of mistaken identity.

(NAN)

 

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  1. Dan Jigawa

    May 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Abeg dis old men should stop makin a mess of demslvs

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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