In a letter addressed to the state’s PDP chief, he is expected to make the retraction and tender an apology note which must in at least two national dailies
The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has given the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, seven days ultimatum to retract his statement that the Governor’s son, Abdulkabir, was arrested for money laundering, and tender an unreserved apology afterwards.
In a letter addressed to the state’s PDP chief, Abdulkabir’s lawyer, Ajibola Basiru, said that the retraction and apology must be done in at least two national dailies with wide circulation.
It said, “it may also interest you to know that our client has never been arrested anywhere in the country or outside the country for any offence since he was born. Our client is a young professional with a brilliant career. However, your orchestrated lie had reduced the image of our client in the estimation of every right thinking member of the public.
“It has also injured our client’s reputation and that of members of his families as you have portrayed him falsely as a money launder.
"Our client informed us that he received numerous calls from families and friends directing him to check a news publication in two national dailies (Daily Independent not inclusive) with captions: “Osun Govt, PDP bicker over alleged arrest of Aregbesola’s son for attempted money laundering”, and “Osun denies Kabiru Aregbesola’s alleged arrest”.
It added, “In the said publications, you (Ganiyu Olaoluwa) issued a statement on behalf of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) emphatically stating that our client was arrested at the departure wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with a lump sum of money that was not cleared but stocked in his luggage.
“Based on these false and wicked allegations you were urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to sweep the trumped up allegation under the carpet.
“Contrary to the above, our client, Mr. Abdulkabir Aregbesola, was nowhere near the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and he was not arrested at the airport or anywhere in the country at any time whatsoever.
“We therefore have our client’s instruction for a retraction of the said offensive statement with an apology within seven days of the receipt of this letter. The retraction with an apology must be done in at least two national newspapers which must be widely circulated.
“And failure to publish the retraction with an apology within the seven days as demanded will leave us with no alternative than to seek legal redress with its attendant consequences."