Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, has instituted a N50bn counter claim suit in a Kaduna State High Court against Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for alleged libellous broadcast.
The Governorhad in February sued Sani, demanding N500m for alleged defamatory statement contained in a publication.
Sani filed the statement of defence and counter-claim in a Kaduna High Court on April 20.
Sani, in his counter claim, is seeking compensation for an alleged libelous broadcast maliciously made against him by the Governor during a live broadcast transmitted through a radio station in Kaduna.
He also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the plaintiff either by himself, agents, aides, privies or through any persons, from repeating the said “offensive and libelous broadcast or similar broadcast or publication’’
The lawmaker further urged the court to make an order directing the governor to tender unreserved apology in writing.
Sani said the apology should be broadcast on seven consecutive days on same channel that the governor made “the offensive broadcast, and published in conspicuous pages of four national newspapers.”
He noted that the broadcast against him, which was in Hausa language, had affected his reputation, his political career and pitched his constituents against him.
“Sometimes in November 2017, the plaintiff, speaking at a live broadcast, transmitted on radio, maliciously, unlawfully and without any justification whatsoever, uttered defamatory statements in Hausa language.
“The offensive publication has continuously reduced the counter-claimant’s reputation, his political and social standing and popularity, which had taken years of hard work, excellence, diligence, sincerity, service to the people, forthrightness and courage to build.
“As a result of the malicious and offensive publication, the counter-claimant has suffered monumental humiliation and embarrassment and his reputation as a respectable Nigerian has been severely bruised and battered.
“The plaintiff knew and had every reason to know that the said broadcast unfairly and unjustly portrays the counter-claimant as a villain, madman of incurable insanity, among others.
“By reason of the foregoing, the counter-claimant has suffered humiliation, embarrassment,
vilification, denigration, disparagement and agony, all of which are unquantifiable,” he stated.
Sani averred that the Governor made the malicious statement against him at the live broadcast when he was reacting to Senate’s rejection of 350 million dollar external loan request by the Kaduna State Government.