Ex-PDP spokesman demands N5bn from ThisDay over alleged libellous publication

Rufai Ahmed Alkali

Ahmed Alkali was a former spokesperson of Nigeria’s ruling party.

A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Alkali, is asking ThisDay Newspaper to pay him N5 billion over an alleged libellous advertorial carried by the newspaper.

Mr. Alkali is also demanding a retraction of the content of the advertorial published by the newspaper in its April 10 edition within 14 days.

The PDP leader claims that the advertorial, titled “Re- Appointment of Professor Rufai Alkali as the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Minna and Stunning Revelations of his Tenure,” has put in bad light before members of the public.

The law chambers of Yusuf Ali & Co, counsel to Mr. Alkali, in a letter signed by Oloyede Hussain, said that after thorough investigation, it discovered that the advertorial was placed by a faceless group known as ‘Concerned Citizens Forum’ and signed by one Mohammed Kolo John, hence it is making the demands.

The law firm claimed that the dignity of Mr. Alkali, a seasoned academic and a former commissioner in Gombe State, has been tampered with.

“By the above publication, our client has been exposed to public ridicule, odium and contempt. He has been subjected to psychological and mental torture. His friends, associates, business partners and even family members now perceive him,” it claimed.

The retraction and apology, according to the firm, must also be in form of an advertorial, in conspicuous pages of ThisDay and two other dailies acceptable to the academic.


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