The media reports have it that Lai Mohammed instituted a N500 million suit at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, seeking compensation for alleged defamation of his person by some issues raised by Chief Olisa Metuh in response to one of his (Mohammed’s) statements.
Metuh, who spoke through his special assistant, Richard Ihediwa, he said Olisa Metuh or any of his lawyers are not aware of any such suit by Lai Mohammed, nor have they been served.
“ For the avoidance of doubt, this office wishes to state categorically that Chief Olisa Metuh or any of his lawyers are not aware of any such suit by Lai Mohammed, nor have they been served. Also, none of the newspapers that carried the story published the said suit.
“ If it is true that any legal action has been instituted, it should not be limited to newspaper reports, unless it is meant for the media, as Chief Metuh is a prominent Nigerian whose office and residential address are well known.
We are very much aware that Lai Mohammed as a ministerial nominee may have been nervous and apprehensive of the requirements of his upcoming screening in the Senate, and as a renown propagandist, may have decided to orchestrate reports of the said suit, to plead subjudice as a defence ostensibly to stop queries by senators on issues of integrity,” the statement said.
He stated that if Lai Mohammed has instituted any case against Chief Metuh, he should ensure that he prosecutes it to the very end.
“ Lai mohammed on the issue of Senate clearance, is that he should not panic, but be humble, as his palm kernel in this regard has already been cracked by a benevolent and forgiving Senate President.”
Concluding, PDP urged Lai Mohammed not to bring his propaganda, divisive and destructive tendencies to national assignment as a minister.
Meanwhile, Mohammed has stated that he deserves his ministerial nomination by Buhari. Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital recently, over a group’s protest regarding his nomination, Mohammed said he contributed to the successes of the APC in the state, adding that those protesting are free to cross-check.