(Legal Practitioners & Notary Public)
REGD. NO. 731603
June 28, 2022
Mr. Ayodele Adewale
7th Avenue, E Close, House 24, Festac Town, Lagos.
RE: “PETITION: MALPRACTICES AND OTHER ISSUES AT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PRIMARY ELECTION”
In your letter dated Sunday 29 May 2022 and titled as indicated above, you published to The Chairman, APC Primary Election Appeal Committee For National Assembly and several media houses (SaharaReporters, EaglesPath, etc), of and concerning my client, Prince Lanre Sanusi, the following words:
The aspirant Prince Lanre Sanusi is not qualified to run for the position. It is well documented that Prince Lanre Sanusi was disqualified by the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2019 for presenting fake United States of America academic documents at the screening stage for the Lagos State Executive Cabinet when his name was put forward as a Commissioner nominee
By the above, you imputed, among other things, that my client: is a felon who has comrnitted the offence of fraudulently using or dealing with a false document (to wit: “fake United States of America academic documents”) contrary to Section 366(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State;
had, in 2019, been investigated and confirmed to be such a felon by the Lagos State House of Assembly; by reason of his being such a felon is unqualified for, and undeserving of aspiration to any public office, including the membership of the House of Representatives for which he has
been nominated to contest for by his constituency party (the All Progressive Congress).
You will no doubt agree with me that you made the publication maliciously, in pursuit of your desperate quest, as you went on further to disclose in the letter, to “be given the ticket of the APC’, the contest for which you had woefully lost to my client, having come out a miserable fourth in votes scored.
In the circumstance, you will, within fourteen days from the date of this letter, furnish me with either your justification for the imputations, if beyond the malicious one pointed out above, or a retraction. If the latter, then it will be expected to come with apologies and your proposal as to compensation in a reasonable amount.
Failing the above, my instructions are to issue a writ against you for the following remedies:
retraction and apologies for the defamatory publication damages in the sum of costs
I do hope you will not allow matters to degenerate to the extent stated above.
This letter is written to you in compliance with the requirements of the PreAction Protocol for Defamation in the High Court of Lagos State Practice Direction No. 2 of 2019.
Yours f fully,
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN.