Yesterday, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), has urged Justice Binta Mohammed of the High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to strike out a motion filed by Atiku Abubakar seeking to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to pay him damages amounting to the sum of N200 billion.
Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), demands are contained in his counter-claim in reaction to a N40 million libel suit filed by the BCO against him over an allegation that he defamed Buhari and his family.
The BCO argued before the court that Atiku’s counter-claim in which he challenged President Buhari’s capacity and performance in office as president can only be sustained in a separate suit.
Barrister Abdulrazaq Ahmed, Counsel to BCO, said rather than leaving the substance to tackle the trash with a motion seeking to address an entirely different matter from the substantive suit, Atiku must provide documentary evidence and proof of evidence to substantiate claims that President Buhari and his family acquired substantial shares in 9mobile and Keystone Bank with total assets of $1.916 billion (equivalent to N307.5 billion) as well as purchasing about N3 billion worth of shares in the new Pakistani Islamic Bank.
PDP presidential candidate counsel said: “The defendants (Atiku and Phrank Shaibu) aver that the defamatory statements are impartial observations, opinions and criticism on a matter of public interest.
“The defendants aver that a matter of public interest on which everyone is entitled to make a fair comment on cannot be said to be defamatory.”