Ojudu, Omirin Demand Retraction of ‘Bribery’ Report

imageSenator Babafemi Ojudu and Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker Dr Adewale Omirin have demanded the retraction of a story and an apology from the Ekiti Broadcasting Service (ESBC) for claiming that they were bribed to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose.
They also demanded N20million damages for the defamatory broadcast, warning that they would begin legal action against ESBC, if the demands are not met.
In separate letters to the Special Adviser Communication and New Media, ESBC, dated April 21, the lawmakers’ lawyer, Abiodun Ayodele, said the news reports brought the image of senator and speaker into disrepute.
“Our client, therefore, wish to demand an unreserved apology from you and your establishment for this defamatory broadcast.
“We demand that this apology broadcast should be on the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service which you had earlier used to peddle the lies. This apology should be on or within the next seven days,” Ayodele wrote.
The lawyer said the offending broadcast on the state radio 91.5FM and on the state television station claimed that the bribe taken by Ojudu and Omirin even caused a quarrel between them.
imageHe said the report was “all in a bid to bring the image of our client to disrepute in the eyes of well meaning Ekiti people;” the people Ekiti Central Senatorial District, who Ojudu represent at the Senate; the people of Gbonyin State Constituency, who Omirin represent, and in the eyes of Nigerians.
“Our client wishes to state in categorical terms that the said news item is not only untrue but is a figment of your imagination…Our client wish to equally demand for the sum of N20million as damages for the said defamatory broadcast.
“Please take note that this letter serve as our pre-action notice should you fail to comply with our client’s demand as contained in this letter,” Ayodele wrote.
Senator Ojudu and Dr Omirin have also petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, alleging threat to their life.
According to them, on April 19, 20 and 21, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka, posted on his Facebook wall their phone numbers, inciting people to call and threaten them because they allegedly took bribe to impeach Fayose and accused them of being the arrowheads of the impeachment process.
“Since the posting of our clients’ phone numbers on his Facebook wall, our clients have been receiving hundreds of anonymous calls threatening to kill them, their families and to destroy their houses.
“Our clients have been living in fear since then. The calls and threat still persist till today.
“We pray you to use your good office to arrest and prosecute Mr Lere Olayinka and his co-travellers in this threat business before they carry our their threat,” the lawyer wrote.

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