By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A former Deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore on Wednesday demanded a retraction, apology and N250million as damages for an alleged ” malicious” publication against him by Sahara Reporters on the purported award of Ife – Ifewara road in Osun State.
The former Deputy governor in a letter by his counsel, Barrister Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) addressed to the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, asked the publisher to within 14 days tender an apology to be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets.
According to the two page letter, dated April, 21, 2021, the intent of the said publication captioned ” How Senator Omisore, Firm mismanaged N600million Osun road contract, later fixed by Redeemed Christian Church with N188million” ” is to cast unwarranted, unjustifiable and unsustainable malicious aspersions” on Senator Omisore’s integrity in the eyes of right thinking members of the public.
Part of the letter reads, “our client has informed us that your publication is not only false and without any factual basis, but malicious in all material respect. It is by the reckoning of our client, a deliberate attempt, sponsored and or designed to malign his image and his political stature as a leader of note in Osun state, especially in Ifewara, his maternal hometown and his direct constituency. Specifically, the Ife -Ifewara road contract in issue (which leads to the maternal homestead of our client” was never at any point in time his constituency project while he was serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, neither was our client involved in the award , execution and payment of fund for the project”
The letter stressed further, ” our client was in no way connected with Cartill Construction Nigeria Limited, the alleged construction firm. It is instructive to state that nowhere in the petition written by the Redeemed Church of God (RCCG) , the subsequent hearing of the Senate or the presentation of the Federal Ministry of Works was our client’s name mentioned in relation to the contract”.
While stressing that ” the emphasis on the political status of our client in your publication was sponsored by his political detractors”, the letter stated, “the intent of your publication is to cast unwarranted, unjustifiable and unsustainable malicious aspersion on our client’s integrity in the eyes of right thinking members of the public and your medium became a veritable tool for the achievement of their sinister purpose”.
“Our client has consequently directed us to request for a retraction of the said publication and an apology for be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets not later than 14 days of the delivery of this letterand also the payment of the sum of N250 million as damages for malicious publication against our client. Take notice that if you fail to heed the request of our client within 14 days of the receipt of this letter, we shall be constrained to proceed to the court of law against your organisation for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood and malicious publication made of and concerning our client”.