Tinubu to sue AIT for airing ‘defamatory documentary’

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is set to sue the management of the Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), for allegedly airing a defamatory documentary on Sunday.

According to Tunji Abayomi, counsel to Tinubu,a letter asking Daar Communications to apologise for the content and to stop further airing was delivered to the media organisation on Monday.

The letter read in part: “You aired an hour-long documentary focusing on our client (Bola Tinubu). Clearly pre-occupied with political resentment and hatred neither warranted, necessary, proper, or justified, you published several false allegations against our client.

“More disturbing is your misrepresentation that the said documentary was ‘sponsored’ without disclosing the ‘sponsors.’ You cannot, under law, hide under media freedom to maliciously injure a citizen’s reputation.”

Tinubu is demanding for N20 billion as comoensation for damage done to his reputation, vowing to sue the company if it fails to oblige.

The letter further said: “To affirm the right of our client against your defamatory publication, we demand that you confirm to us within 24 hours of receipt of this letter, an apology and retraction of the said publication/documentary.”

Similarly, APC has given the PDP and Femi Fani-Kayode 72 hours to produce evidence of their claim that Yemi Osinbajo took an oath to resign for Tinubu to become vice-president in the event that Muhammadu Buhari wins the March 28 presidential election, or face legal action