The sacked Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has on Tuesday, sought for an out-of-court settlement in the N10 billion libel suit that was filed against him by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, Page 36 learnt.
Governor Ortom had filed the libel suit against the former APC Chairman, over his comments against him in an APC sponsored Press Conference, which held on July 27, 2018, wherein Oshiomhole accused him of having a hand in the death of two Catholic Priests and other Parishioners, at Mbalom community, Gwer East Local Government Area, on the grounds that one of the Priests had preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against the Governor before the attack.
Oshiomhole in the early days of the suit, had filed 6 preliminary objections, all of which were resolved in favour of Governor Ortom by the court.
When the case resumed on Tuesday, for definite hearing, the Counsel to Governor Ortom, Samuel Irabor, told the court that he was ready to call his Witnesses, but that Oshiomhole’s Counsel had informed him earlier that they have considered putting up a retraction of the publication, and that it would be ready within a week.
Governor Ortom’s Counsel explained further that it was based on that, that he was applying for another date to take a look at the terms of settlement as canvassed by Oshiomole.
On his part, Titus Akuhwa, who held the brief of Oshiomole’s absent Counsel, Festus Jumbo, confirmed the submission of Governor Ortom’s Lawyer.
“That is the true position of the matter. We have met, and we are drawing out terms of settlement.”
The Presiding judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman, after listening to both parties, adjourned the case to October 29, for report on the out-of-court settlement.
Some of the reliefs sought by Governor Ortom, in the N10 billion suit against Oshiomole include “a declaration by the court that the Defendants’ allegations and publication of July 27, against him are false, mischievous, unsubstantiated, defamatory, and libelous.
“An order directing the Defendants to publish simultaneous retractions/apologies in respect of the said libelous publication against him in the Sunday editions of 10 National Dailies circulating within Benue State, as well as paid advertorials to the same effect on the prime time beats of the Nigerian Television Authority, Channels TV, TVC News, African Independent Television, AIT, Independent Television, ITV, Benin, Radio Nigeria, Radio Benue and Harvest FM.
“An Order of Perpetual Injunction restraining the Defendants, their Officers, privies, assigns, surrogates or agents whosoever called, from further defaming and libeling the Plaintiff’s character and reputation and any other order(s) that the Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.”