Olisa Metuh says he’s not aware of the N500m defamation lawsuit filed against him by Lai Mohammed
In case some of you have not heard, APC national publicity
secretary Lai Mohammed filed a N500m lawsuit again PDP
national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, for defamation of
character. Mohammed claims that he was defamed in a
September 20th press release sent out by Metuh, where he,
Metuh, accused Mohammed of embezzling funds meant for
the fencing of an airport in one of the APC-controlled states
in the South-West and that he collected money to supply
ambulances but never did. Metuh, in the statement, had
said he wondered how Lai Mohammed had the audacity to
speak on corruption when he was ‘a personal aide to one of
the most corrupt politicians to ever bestride the political
space of the country.”
not aware. His statement after the cut
The attention of the Office of The National Publicity
Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been
drawn to reports in some section of the media, suggesting
that the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has filed a suit
against Chief Olisa Metuh.
The media reports have it that Lai Mohammed instituted a
N500 million suit at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja,
seeking compensation for alleged defamation of his person
by some issues raised by Chief Olisa Metuh in response to
one of his (Mohammed’s) statements.
categorically that Chief Olisa Metuh or any of his lawyers
are not aware of any such suit by Lai Mohammed, nor have
they been served. Also, none of the newspapers that carried
the story published the said suit.
If it is true that any legal action has been instituted, it
should not be limited to newspaper reports, unless it is
meant for the media, as Chief Metuh is a prominent
Nigerian whose office and residential address are well
We are very much aware that Lai Mohammed as a
ministerial nominee may have been nervous and
apprehensive of the requirements of his upcoming
screening in the Senate, and as a renown propagandist,
may have decided to orchestrate reports of the said suit, to
plead subjudice as a defence ostensibly to stop queries by
senators on issues of integrity.
This office however, insists that if indeed, Lai Mohammed
has instituted any case against Chief Metuh, we charge him
to ensure that he prosecutes it to the very end.
Nevertheless, we invite Nigerians to note the relentless
attempt by APC leaders, including Lai Mohammed, to
threaten, intimidate, harass and cow Chief Metuh into
Our advice however, to Lai mohammed on the issue of
Senate clearance, is that he should not panic, but be
humble, as his palm kernel in this regard has already been
cracked by a benevolent and forgiving Senate President.
Finally, we counsel Lai Mohammed not to bring his
propaganda, divisive and destructive tendencies to national
assignment as a minister.
Special Assistant to
PDP National Publicity Secretary