Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, to tender apology and pay him N500 million for linking him to terrorists.
This was contained in a letter by Mike Ozekhome, lawyer to the presidential candidate.
On May 7, Onochie had tweeted that the former vice-president was on a United Arab Emirates (UAE) watch list.
“Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources,” Buhari’s aide tweeted.
“Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there?
“Me: Shopping for Terrorists?”
In the letter, Ozekhome said: “Your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation,” the letter read.
“It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.
“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.
“Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.”
“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism.