APC National Secretary, Omisore Demands N500m From National Vice Chairman, Lukman Over Alleged Libel

Iyiola Omisore, the national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked for the payment of N500 million from the vice chairman of the Party in the north-west, Salihu Lukman, over alleged libel.

Information Nigeria understands that Omisore and Lukman, who are both members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party, have been at loggerheads.

Lukman had on Tuesday during an interview on African Independent Television, called on Omisore to resign from his position, accusing him of mismanaging campaign funds meant for the Osun State election which the APC lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His words: “I’m aware the party has given some campaign funds to Osun which was handled by the national secretary and to some extent, he has either mismanaged it but more importantly, he’s not accounting to anybody and you have to activate the process of accountability.”

However, in a letter dated March 15 and addressed to Lukman, counsel to the APC national secretary, Gboyega Oyewole said Lukman’s comment is false and was aimed at maligning Omisore’s character.

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Moreso, via his legal counsel, he threatened to drag Lukman to court if he fails to apologise and pay N500 million.

Oyewole said: “It is clear beyond doubt that your statement and publication was a political ploy with the intent of impugning the reputation and integrity of our client and unjustifiably and unwarrantedly assassinating his character in the eyes of right-thinking members of the public.

“Our client has consequently directed us to request for a retraction of your libelous statement and publication and an apology to be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets not later than 48 hours of the delivery of this letter and also the payment of the sum of N500,000,000 as damages for malicious statement against our client.

“TAKE NOTICE that if you fail to heed the request of our client within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we shall be constrained to proceed to the court of law against you for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood and malicious statement made of and concerning our client.”