Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has threatened to sue a pacesetter within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) within the state, Ismaila Ashipa over a Facebook publish titled ‘Vindictive GSM’.
GSM is an acronym for Governor Seyi Makinde.
The governor, who can also be a member of the PDP, gave Ashipa seven days to publicly apologise over the “libellous” publish, including that failure to do will appeal to N3 billion go well with.
Some PDP members within the state, together with Ashipa, had accused Makinde of being behind the sacking of Abubakre Adeyemi, a footballer with state-owned membership, Shooting Stars, also referred to as 3SC.
Adeyemi is the son of a PDP chieftain in Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Abdulrasheed Adeyemi, aka Olopoeniyan, who’s at loggerheads with Makinde.
A letter despatched to Ashipa by Makinde’s counsel, Kunle Kalejaye, dated October 6, 2021, and titled, “Defamatory Public Facebook Post About Engr. Seyi Makinde: Re: Facebook Post, Vindictive GSM, dated 5/10/2021,’ said Ashipa posted libellous information on his Facebook page.
The letter, obtained by our correspondent reads in part, “We are solicitors to Engr. Seyi Makinde (herein known as our consumer) on whose instruction we write and our skilled service retained by him. Sequel to the foregoing, we have now been briefed with unequivocal directions to enter into this correspondence.
“Our client is the current executive governor of Oyo State and the Crux of the Notice will be centred on a Facebook post published under your name by the public Facebook profile named ‘Ismaila Ashipa’ at the linked Facebook website online address https//:facebbook.com.asipa in line with the above set out agendum.
“Premised to established information, we have now been knowledgeable by our shoppers to specific his shock and consternation with the truth that on sixth 2021, you revealed a libellous publish on the well-known social media web site ‘Facebook’ below your profile identify ‘Ashipa Ismaila’ with heading, ‘Vindictive GSM’.
“In the post, you falsely and with malicious intent wrote of and concerning our client inter alia as follows, “One of the skilful footballers who bought 3SC promoted to the Premier Division just lately, Mr. Abubakre Adeyemi defensive midfielder with jersey no 4 has been sacked by the order of his Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State.”
The governor, therefore, demanded a public apology from Ashipa, and threatened to sue for N3 billion in damages if the apology is not tendered within seven days.
“We demand with an utmost insistence that these apologies, guarantees and retractions have to be addressed immediately (with prominence to our consumer and revealed in an at the least three nationwide newspapers.
“A draft in the sum of Three Billion Naira representing a modest compensation for the damages suffered by our client on the account of worldwide defamatory content of your captioned Facebook post. This draft mentioned will be addressed and disbursed to orphanages of our client’s chosen all over Oyo State,” the letter additional learn.
The letter gave the PDP chief seven days to react, else he can be sued.
The footballer’s father, Adebisi Abdulrasheed Adeyemi, aka Olopoeniyan had additionally alleged that the governor had a hand within the sacking of his son from the state-owned soccer membership, 3SC.
Olopoeniyan final week advised SaharaReporters, “I know it is not unconnected with the recent crisis in our party, but it is not time for me to talk. Let Makinde continue victimising our members because of the crisis he mistakingly started. As far as I am concerned, Adeyemi (my son) is innocent in our party crisis and he shouldn’t be a victim.”