THE Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini has demanded the sum of N1 billion from the All Progressives Congress (APC) media campaign chairman in Edo State, John Mayaki for alleged defamation of character.
Igini in a letter addressed to Mayaki, is also demanding an apology to be broadcast on Channels Television, AIT, NTA and published on a full page in Tribune, Punch, Guardian, Vanguard and Sunday Sun newspapers, within 48 hours from the receipt of the letter.
According to the REC whose letter was signed by his counsel, Clement Onwuenwunor, Mayaki had accused him of meddling in Edo governorship election.
“Expectedly, your published words, have subjected our client to continuous ridicule and opprobrium resulting in the destruction of his hard-earned reputation over the years.
“Consequently, we have been instructed by our client to demand from you a retraction of the defamatory statements and an apology to be broadcast on Channels Television, AIT, NTA and to be published on a full page in the Tribune newspapers, Punch newspapers, Guardian newspapers, Vanguard newspapers and Sunday Sun newspapers, within 48 hours from the receipt of this letter.
“We also demand the modest sum of N1 billion from you as damages for the said defamatory statements.
“Take notice that if you fail, refuse or neglect to comply with the above demand, within the stated period, we shall have no other option than to perfect our client standing instructions against you.
“Take this as a pre-litigation letter.”