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Obanikoro Files N1 Billion Lawsuit Against Sahara Reporters, Others Over Ekiti Election-rigging Allegations

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Obanikoro BellaNaija\Ministerial nominee, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has filed a N1 billion lawsuit against Sahara Reporters, Premium Times, and Punch Newspapers over reports on their platforms that alleged he facilitated the purported rigging of the 2014 Ekiti elections.

According to Tribune, the suit was filed at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

The suit filed on Obanikoro’s behalf by Yemi Oke of MJS Partners states:

Senator Obanikoro is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing or causing to be published, either directly or indirectly, defamatory, damaging, offensive or degrading statements, articles and/or materials against the claimant.

An order directing the defendant to jointly or severally pay to the claimant the sum of N1 billion, being damages for harm caused to his political, professional, business, social and institutional reputation, as a result of the defamation, by willful and scandalous publication of false statements by the defendants.

An order directing the defendants to retract the false and damaging publication by a letter of apology directed to the claimant and published on the same media through which the defamatory publication was circulated and

An order of court for the cost of this suit against the defendants.

According to reports, Obanikoro has also hired Tacopina & Seigel, one of New York’s top law firms whose previous clients include celebrity baseball player, Alex Rodriguez. The firm is said to be handling the case against Sahara Reporters in New York.

The defendants have reportedly been given 42 days to prepare their defence and appear in court to address the lawsuit filed in Lagos.

18 Comments

  1. Freedom

    February 12, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I wish a competent court can actually pronounce a judgement of even guilty on sowore of sahara reporters, he lies too much. 90 percent of his stories are lies, fabricated to actualise a purpose….am not saying the dont break some serious news, I have always believed the stories until I was privilege to know about the number of delegates that went with the president for the UN summit in New York , sahara reporters said the president went with over 500 people…that was actually a very big fat lie….the president actually travelled with less than 30 people

    The rest people were Nigerians based in the uk, or businessmen that Knew its actually easier to meet the president when his abroad, no too much protocol…..sahara reporters don’t bother verifying the stories

    Imagine , recently they went ahead , and said journalists stoned Dr Doyin okupe in Aso rock conference…that was another big fat lie…the event was organised by PLAY forum, and it happened in transcorp Hilton hotel, and not Aso rock , and also the people that were shouting were not journalists, they were apc supporters, apc and pdp supporters were both invited, so u wouldn’t expect apc member to just keep quiet , and allow doyin okupe insult general buhari…..

    Especially at this moment, there are too many lies at the moment from both parties, I know very well that El Rufai is very close to sowore of sahara reporters, so that to be, is clear he will definitely work for the opposition party….but if our democracy is to grow, we all need to work together, the job of journalism is more like a blackmail business, ……..

    • honey

      February 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Are you saying that wasn’t Obanikoro’s voice?

    • Kunle Texas

      February 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      To “Freedom”, there is no point of digressing the current issue whether Saharareporters lies or not. You need to simply respond to originality of the tape. We all know that the voices (Koro, Omisore, Fayose, et al) are real and authentic. What do you expect from such ‘leaders’ that only plan how to rig and intimidate the masses on election days? Imagine if these senseless people dedicate their time by synergizing and strategizing on how to rescue the Chibok girls in some of the nocturnal meetings rather than planning to rig the election? Imagine if these uncultured men think how to alleviate poverty and booster the educational system? Imagine if these goons are honest in discharging their duties to their fatherland? Nigeria would have been a GREAT NATION! It is very sad that some people are blind-folded from reality and truth. Buhari may not be liked by many but we cannot keep supporting a president that has nothing to show to the world in the last six years! GEJ is clueless and cannot run the nation! CHANGE is inevitable!

    • Most Honestly

      February 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      When i see rats write, i just know. In case your head if no longer functioning, it was confirmed that the President indeed travelled with more than 500 people. By 500, they include people from ministries who has no business in NY, special assistants to the special assistants and all those nonsense.

      if you listen to the tape, you will not be writing this nonsense

  2. kk

    February 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Sahara is definitely NOT A CREDIBLE SOURCE FOR NEWS. As @freedom said, they LIE sooo much it’s disgusting!!!!

  3. RO2

    February 12, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Sowore I know is hard knot to crack. Obanikoro you know what’s at stake here apart from Political career. your America citizenship at stake too. This case will expose you and yours. Thank God you’ve taken the step

  4. ada nnewi

    February 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Sahara reporters said doyin okupe was boo’ed at the event not stoned and “youths” attended the event not APC and PDP supporters….Sahara Reporters although slightly biased is no where close to AIT owned by Dokpesi a staunch PDP follower as the members of the party rescued him from bankruptcy, His TV station as well as NTA (which is an extension of the presidential media) have been programmes and interviews filled with a ridiculous amount of Hate, Lies and just plain vitriol against opposition and anyone who does not agree with the appalling inadequacies of the present government.Please share how you verified that Mr President traveled with only 30 people, cause we both know that the 500 figure Sahara gave is not far from the truth as Mr president travels with a retinue of aids and assistants who also travel with their own retinue of aids and assistance who collect thousands in Estacode at tax payer’s expense…If you say Mr president travelled with only 30 people in his Presidential Jet and the rest of his entourage travelled in different jets or commmercial airlines at Government’s (tax payer’s) expense then you would have told the truth… Obanikoro is as guilty as sin, his voice cannot be mistaken, if the whole tape was a lie they would not have brutally tortured the brother of the military officer that released the tape when they couldn’t find the officer and he had run for his life out of Nigeria…Senator Koro, CHANGE is coming and your atrocities will finally catch up with you….

    • ada nnewi

      February 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

      My comment was in reply to Freedom…

  5. Fatimah

    February 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Good. Finally, that audio clip would make the news. That clip definitely needs to be explored more. I really wish we have strong and well funded media houses.

    TV stations should have obtained that clip, invited audio forensic experts, lawyers etc to analyse that clip to identify the voice, the legal implication of what was said, can what was said imply rigging or unfair advantage etc The people involved would have been hounded with cameramen and reporters following them all over the place and asking important questions, not this nonsense that these ones are sending conflicting Press Releases to bloggers and have time to show us gym pictures.

  6. Kkool

    February 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

    @Mr/Mrs Freedom, Sahara lies…ok we don hear

    The issue now is the widely circulated audio clip , is it real or not…simple YES or NO

    Don’t distract us from the issue abeg. Thank you.

  7. kenitola

    February 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    OK, waiting for the outcome of the whole saga.

  8. Gistyinka Blog

    February 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The battle just begin !!!

  9. NagosBigBoi

    February 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    When Sahara Reporters was telling us how “the cabal” were trying to prevent GEJ from becoming president some claimed they were lying……we eventually found out it was true. SR is definitely anti-establishment in line with its founders history. They sometimes go overboard in the conclusions they draw and the headlines they use, but they have “upped” investigative reporting in Nigeria.

    How is Obanikoro paying this expensive New York law firm (if true)? Is it money he made legally? I hope he knows that the West has new laws on politically exposed people and their illegally sourced money. We are told the details of the suit filed in Lagos, but what is the suit in the US? That is where SR. will open his borrom if the case goes ahead. Sowore no dey play with legal issues in the US.

    • tunmi

      February 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you. How is he paying a top NY firm???? With what money?? One thing I know is legal fees no be beans. But this is good, let’s take this to the courts. Naija and Yankee court. SR made sure they covered their bases by sending that audio to an investigative firm in the US for authentication, that’s why it took so long. But yes, let’s use the courts. This I want to see

  10. ola

    February 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    lol…..dem won use style turn am to comedy

  11. coke

    February 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    sharrap already, we know your voice when we hear it. the only thing good about you is that lace you r wearing every other thing about you sucks.

  12. tony

    February 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thiff!! Koro the Ole.. KORO for bitter!!.. You shall be procecuted for stealing an election when Buhari Wins!!.
    Ole OLE!!!

  13. Enny

    February 12, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Whaoooooow, I can’t wait to hear d final verdict. Am sure their sinful act will fully be exposed. I love dis if it is true is in court

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