The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday initiated a N500m defamation suit against his counterpart in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.
Mohammed in his suit currently before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja maintained that Metuh had defamed his character in a press release allegedly authored and circulated on September 20, 2015, where according to him was alleged that he (Mohammed) embezzled the funds meant for fencing of an airport in one of the APC-controlled states in the South-West.
The APC scribe further claimed that Metuh alleged that he (Mohammed) got funds to supply ambulances to one APC-controlled state in the South-West, which he never did.
It would be recalled that Metuh had expressed wonders as to where the APC big wig got the courage to speak on corruption when indeed he had mastered the art of corruption having been “a personal aide to one of the most corrupt politicians to ever bestride the political space of the country.”
Mohammed said, “The statement credited to Metuh was carefully calculated to inflict damage on my reputation and to lessen me in the estimation of the public.
“Metuh in the statement had said, our final word for the APC spokesman on this, is that being ethically challenged, includes embezzling funds meant for fencing an airport in an APC-led South-West state.
“It also includes when one fraudulently refuses to supply ambulances after collecting monies from another APC South-West state.
“It is a comedy of roles when Alhaji Lai Mohammed speaks on corruption, a topic he practices and has well learnt, being a personal aide to one of the most corrupt politicians to ever bestride the political landscape of the country.
“Metuh had injured my character in a grave manner and caused me considerable reputational destruction and embarrassment.”
The APC National Publicity Secretary is therefore praying for an order mandating Metuh to not only retract his statement but to also tender published apology to him in a widely read newspaper for seven consecutive days.
Mohammed also asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Metuh and his privies from further publishing or disseminating libellous materials against him.