ENUGU 2023: PETER MBAH, PDP GUBER CANDIDATE SLAMS N1BN LIBEL LAWSUIT ON UGO AGBALLAH, ENUGU STATE CHAIRMAN, APC
Enugu – The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, has instituted a libel suit against the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Ugochukwu Agballah, and the Independent Newspapers Limited, publishers of Daily Independent Newspapers.
Court processes by his lawyers say the statement and publication by the defendants were “calculated to lower the Claimant (Mbah) in the estimation of right thinking members of the society; isolate the Claimant from the society; expose the Claimant to hatred, odium, contempt, and ridicule; cause other persons to shun or avoid the Claimant; and discredit the Claimant in the matter of his business and political engagements” Mbah’s lawyers stated.
In the lawsuit marked E/25/2023 filed before the Enugu State High Court, the entrepreneur accused Chief Agballah and the Independent Newspapers of false and malicious publication about his person in the 30th May 2022 online edition of the newspaper.
In a Statement of Claim filed by his lawyers, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN & Co, Mbah said Agballah accused him of joining the governorship race in order to use Enugu’s funds to pay up an alleged N40 billion business debt.
Mbah added that although he had caused his solicitors to write the defendants vide a correspondence dated 22nd July, 2022 in which he demanded a retraction of the publication and an apology as well as compensation for damaging his reputation, they chose to ignore it.
“The Defendants have not brought the publication down and accordingly will continue to defame and maliciously damage the Claimant’s reputation, unless restrained by the Court.
The Founder and CEO of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited is therefore seeking the sum of N1 billion as general damages, an order mandating the defendants to publish an apology to him in at least three national dailies in Nigeria, and a clear retraction of the defamatory publication made against the him.