In the aftermath of the court judgment with particular reference to Odi Olowo Local Council Development Area and the developments that following, the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Banire, has dragged the Chairman of the party in Lagos State, Chief Dele Ajomale, to court.
Dr. Banire is demanding N500 million damages from Ajomale over alleged libelous publication.
The case, instituted by Ekikhalo Chambers, on behalf of Dr. Banire, is premised on the publication of a statement credited to Ajomale on the fallout of the primaries of the party in Lagos State, with particular reference to Odi Olowo Local Council Development Area, for the upcoming local government election in the state.
Owing to the issues that trailed the botched party primaries, one of the claimants to the chairmanship ticket, Hon. Rasaq Ajala had gone to court.
Few hours after judgment was delivered on the case, Chief Ajomale said it was the handiwork of Dr. Banire.
The statement, credited to Chief Ajomale, which is the cause of the action was quoted in the court papers filed by Dr. Banire’s lawyer.
Chief Ajomale had said in a statement that: “This judgment in respect of Odi-Olowo LCDA was obtained by deception. It was an ambush. The judge was misled into believing those presented to him as genuine members of the All Progressives Congress have nothing to do with the conduct and organisation of the primaries.
“Pray, how can the so-called party members brought in as defendants be the same persons disavowing the party’s primaries? They were the ones who were served the court processes. Nobody in APC Lagos was served the court processes. They were the plaintiffs and defendants at the same time. Muiz Banire filed the suit by proxy; he also procured the lawyer who ‘defended’ the party. As the Yoruba would say, he invited the thief and also called for law enforcement officers to come and arrest the thief.
“The court process had been on for more than a month, but the party only knew a day before Banire got the judgment.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Banire in his response said the statement is false as he is not a party to the suit.
According to him, the APC chieftain cast aspersion on his personality as “someone who procures judgment by fraud, subverts the course of justice and manipulates the judicial process for ulterior motives.”
However, Dr. Banire, said he is open to alternative means of resolving the issue.
“As you are aware, our client considers litigation only as a last resort. In this regard, our client is open to resolving this matter through conciliation, mediation, arbitration or other dispute options you deem most suitable,” part of the statement of claim read.
Source: Inside Mainland