Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, has threatened to sue Lauretta Onochie, Buhari’s aide on social media if she fails to pay N500million with a written apology over alleged defamatory tweet against him.
Onochie was said to have in her tweet handle alleged that Atiku was on the watch list of security agencies in United Arab Emirates.
She also said that Atiku has been in UAE since he lost the presidential election and probably there shopping for terrorists.
But Atiku, in a letter addressed to Onochie and signed by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), obtained by BIGPEN ONLINE on Sunday, denied the allegations and challenged Onochie to prove her allegation.
Consequently, he gave Onochie 48 hours to tender a written apology for the said libelous publication and N500 million to the law chamber, threatening to sue her for N2.5bn for cyber bullying if she fails to meet his demands.
The letter reads in part, “We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand from you the following: That you publish and tender a written retraction and apology for the said libellous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily as well as on all social media platforms wherein the said publication was made.
“That you pay to our client through the firm, the sum of N500,000,000 only, representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by your said defamatory publication.
“Take notice that if you fail or refuse to accede to our modest demands within the next 48 hours from the date of this letter, we shall be compelled to activate the full weight of the legal machinery against you without any further recourse to you.
“We shall be, in such a suit, claiming against you the sum of N2bn, representing exemplary aggravated and punitive damages. This shall be in addition to our demands in the paragraphs above”, Ozekhome stated.