Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has sued ThisDay for N7 billion over a libel, published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 edition of the newspaper.
In the publication, captioned: “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’s Waterloo, Almost,” the defendants (ThisDay) maliciously and falsely portrayed the claimant (Wike) as an unreliable friend/person.
The defendants further portrayed Governor Wike as a selfish politician and person, who meddled in and exerts subterranean influence in judicial matters in courts sitting in Port Harcourt to achieve selfish political interest and that he is not a true democrat.
In a suit filed at the Port Harcourt High Court by Governor Wike’s counsel, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), he is seeking an order of mandatory injunction compelling the defendants to withdraw, retract and recant the said libellous publication.
The retraction is to be published at the front page (and to devote the whole full front page to the publication of the retraction).
Another relief sought by the claimant is for the defendants to publish an apology in the terms acceptable to the claimant and with his prior approval at the back page (on the full back page) in the same edition on which the retraction is published, and consecutive editions of the newspaper.
The claimant is also seeking an order of injunction restraining the defendants by themselves or by their servants, agents, privies and associates from further publishing the said libel or any manner, however, and whatsoever continuing to circulate the said libellous publication concerning the claimant.