Nigeria: Ex-governor Threatened With Court Action

Adebayo Alo-Akala

Adebayo Alo-Akala

The Oyo State government has asked Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, through his spokesman, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, to withdraw what it called “a regime of spurious lies” he has been orchestrating in the media against it, within seven days, or risk being dragged to court for libel.


Adebayo Alo-Akala

This was contained in a letter written by the government to the former governor and his spokesman.


The letter was signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters, Mr. Ojo Adebayo.


According to the government, much as it was not averse to public criticism of any of its actions and activities, it frowns at a medley of falsehood and campaigns of calumny that the defeated gubernatorial candidate has been peddling against it, which it said was capable of tarnishing its name.


The text of the letter reads in part, “The attention of the Oyo State Government has been drawn to the series of spurious lies being told in the media by the defeated gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through his spokesman, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, against government and the person of the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.


“This regime of falsehood is targeted at lowering the esteem and general approval given by the people of Oyo State to the governor and the government in the state which the people consider to be a better alternative to the out-gone government.

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“Much as the government is not averse to constructive criticisms, backed up with facts and figures, it takes very strong exception to its name being dragged in the mud for selfish political ends.


“Amongst many other lies that the defeated gubernatorial candidate has told against the Abiola Ajimobi government in recent past is the allegation that the government collected the sum of N6.5billion from the federation account for the month of June. He also alleged that the governor and his aides had collected salaries for the month of June and “fat allowances” during the period under consideration.


“These allegations were widely circulated in newspapers and on the internet. The former governor also alleged that the sum of N100 million had been made available to the governor as security vote.


“The state government, by this letter, is asking Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala and or his spokesman, Oyelade, to apologize over this mudslinging, within seven days, or risk facing a court action for this irresponsible concoction.


“Government will not partake in this politics of falsehood, neither will it allow this unsubstantiated blackmail to go without recompense”.

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