Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has filed a lawsuit of N7 Billion against ThisDay Newspapers for libel written and published in ThisDay’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020 edition.
The Newspaper in the publication captioned, “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’S Waterloo, Almost,” portrayed the Wike as an unreliable friend/person.
Governor Wike in the suit filed through his lawyer, Emmanuel C.Ukala, Esq, S.A.N, FCIArb, at the Port Harcourt High Court, noted that the defendants further portrayed the Rivers State Governor as a selfish politician and a 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.
The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain 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).
ThisDay Newspaper is also 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 two consecutive editions of ThisDay Newspapers.
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.