Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says he is not aware that he is being taken to court by Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress
OLISA Metuh, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has denied knowledge of being dragged to court by Lai Mohammed, his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a statement issued by Richard Ihediwa, special assistant to Metuh, the national publicity of the PDP said his attention had just been drawn to reports in the media, suggesting that Mohammed had filed a suit against him.
According to the media reports, the APC national publicity instituted a N500 million suit at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, Lagos State, seeking compensation for alleged defamation of his person by some issues raised by Metuh in response to one of his (Mohammed’s) statements.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this office wishes to state categorically that Chief Olisa Metuh or any of his lawyers are not aware of any such suit by Lai Mohammed, nor have they been served. Also, none of the newspapers that carried the story published the said suit.
“If it is true that any legal action has been instituted, it should not be limited to newspaper reports, unless it is meant for the media, as Chief Metuh is a prominent Nigerian whose office and residential address are well known,” Ihediwa said in the statement.
He said the PDP was aware that Mohammed as a ministerial nominee could have become nervous and apprehensive of the requirements of his upcoming screening in the Senate, and thus, might have decided to orchestrate reports of the alleged suit, to stop questions by senators on issues of integrity.
Ihediwa said, if, indeed, Mohammed had instituted any case against Metuh, he must ensure its prosecution to the very end.
“Nevertheless, we invite Nigerians to note the relentless attempt by APC leaders, including Lai Mohammed, to threaten, intimidate, harass and cow Chief Metuh into submissive opposition,” he said further.
He, however, counselled Mohammed “not to bring his propaganda, divisive and destructive tendencies to national assignment as a minister.”
— Oct 13, 2015 @ 15:00 GMT