Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, has demanded N500m and a written apology from an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, for “spreading lies capable of damaging” his reputation.
In a letter addressed to Onochie and signed by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Atiku took exception to Onochie’s post on Twitter which states, ‘Atiku on UAE watch list- Security Sources.’
According to the former vice president, he was never on any watch list.
He threatened to sue the vocal aide of Buhari for N2billion and cyber bullying if she fails to meet his demands.
The letter partly read, “We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand from you the following: That you publish and tender a written retraction and apology for the said libellous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily as well as on all social media platforms wherein the said publication was made.
“That you pay to our client through the firm, the sum of N500,000,000 only, representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by your said defamatory publication.
“Take notice that if you fail or refuse to accede to our modest demands within the next 48 hours from the date of this letter, we shall be compelled to activate the full weight of the legal machinery against you without any further recourse to you.
“We shall be, in such a suit, claiming against you the sum of N2bn, representing exemplary aggravated and punitive damages.”
Mrs. Onochie is infamous for attacking persons who criticise her principal, Buhari.
Last year, she shocked Nigerians when she called the Christian Association of Nigeria as a “CAN of worms” after the group said Buhari had not been fair to Christians.