Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, has sued Arise Television and Kayode Otitoju, the state’s former commissioner for information, for allegedly defaming him and airing offensive broadcasts against him with the intent to cause harm in the amount of N500 million.
For allegedly disparaging remarks made by the commissioner as an analyst on the television station on November 22, 2022, the former governor is seeking N250 million from Arise TV and another N250 million from Otitoju.
Fayemi is requesting that the first defendant (Otitoju), who made the defamatory remarks while appearing as an analyst on Arise TV, retract them in the lawsuit, HAD/10/2023, which was filed on January 25, 2023, before an Ekiti State High Court and made available to newsmen on Sunday through his attorney, Babatunde Oke.
Additionally, Fayemi sought a formal apology that was printed online and in at least three Nigerian national publications. A perpetual injunction prohibiting the defendants from making any more false claims or publications about him is another request he makes to the court, along with a demand that they pay him N20 million to cover the expense of the lawsuit. Additionally, from the moment the judgment was rendered until the money was completely liquidated, there was a 10% interest charge on the judgment amount.
Fayemi claimed that the defendants’ false and reckless, malicious statements had exposed him and caused him to suffer “unwarranted embarrassment, public ridicule, opprobrium, odium, and unprecedented disrepute,” which he described as a simple fabrication and falsehood planned to tarnish his reputation.