The Former Speaker of the Enugu State Home of Meeting, Chief Eugene Odo, has threatened to file a swimsuit towards the Enugu State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Ben Nwoye over alleged defamation.
That is contained in a press launch from Odo’s lawyer, Mr Ochianya Ozor in Enugu on Friday.
Within the assertion entitled ‘‘Discover to Sue for Defamation’’, Odo demanded a public and recorded apology from the Chairman earlier than August 20, 2021 or face Defamation fees.
Ozor alleged that the celebration chairman whereas addressing celebration trustworthy within the state on Aug.3 brazenly denigrated the popularity of his consumer when he referred to him as a thief with the next statements.
‘’The thief who tried to steal our democratic course of can also be a Wawa man, in our place.
‘’Immediately isn’t the day he began, as a result of when Sullivan Chime was sick, was not feeling properly, despite the fact that he was a terrific governor, going in direction of the tip of his time period, the identical thief connived with some members of the Enugu State Home of Meeting and tried to shame a beautiful robust serving governor.
“They tried to question him two instances and he was disgraced; that was a case of again to sender,”.
The counsel stated it was not tough for any proper considering/odd individual, and there have been lots of them in that meeting, to know that “your innuendoes had been referring to our consumer.
“You known as him a thief severally and accused him of makes an attempt to truncate our democratic course of.
“The outline you made are calculated to decrease our consumer within the estimation of proper considering males, trigger him to be shunned or averted. You uncovered our consumer to hatred, contempt and mock.
“You deliberately conveyed an imputation on him which is disparaging and injurious to him in his career as a lawyer and in his calling as a politician.
“By your utterances earlier than a mammoth crowd of celebration trustworthy, you certainly tarnished our consumer’s picture and introduced him to odium and opprobrium, as the group was chorusing thief! Thief!! and extra disparaging phrases as you rained vituperations on our consumer.
“You might be conscious that not one of the appellations “thief” nor “steal our democratic course of” is true or identifiable with our consumer. To make issues worse, the video clips of slanderous utterances towards our consumer has gone viral.
“Since then, it has change into a chorus on your supporters to check with our consumer as a thief on the celebration’s Whatsapp platform.
“We’re by this letter demanding that you just summon an analogous assembly of the celebration members because the one in every of Aug. 3 and within the proposed assembly you’ll repudiate your utterances towards our consumer and likewise render a videoed apology to our consumer for this incalculable damages you could have brought about his hard-earned popularity.
“Take additional discover that if by shut of labor on Aug. 20 aforesaid and you might be but to adjust to the foregoing calls for, we’ve an additional instruction from our consumer to take out a writ towards you to say the sum of N1 billion solely towards you as damages for this slander. A sew in time saves 9,’’ he stated.
NAN reviews that every one effort to get the celebration chairman to react failed as his telephone was switched off.