High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), alongside seven others have been listed as witnesses that would testify in the N150 billion libel suit, instituted by former Lagos State governor, and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, against the broadcast station.
The matter is slated for continuation of hearing today before Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja. Aside Dokpesi, others slated to testify against the APC national leader in the suit include, Namure Joy Edoimioya, Chief Medan Tenke, Ajibola Adewusi, Olumide Idowu, Chief Stanley Odidi, Engr. Nwabueze and Dr. Stanley Bassey. It would be recalled that Tinubu had initiated the Libel suit against AIT, for allegedly peddling false accusations about his person in a documentary entitled, “Lion of Bourdilion” and broadcasted by the television station.
The APC national leader declared that the said documentary was politically sponsored to tarnish his reputation in the eyes of the public. Justice Akinkugbe had on April 1, issued an order of interlocutory injunction, restraining the AIT from further airing of the documentary, pending the final determination of the suit. However in a statement of defense and counter-claim filed by AIT yesterday, the defendant denied all the allegations as contained in the claimant’s amended Statement of Claim.
AIT argued that Tinubu founded his entire claims on what it termed a non-existent ground or cause of action because contrary to his (Tinubu) claim, the documentary aired by its media outfit is not titled “The Lion of Bourdilon”, but “Unmasking the Real Tinubu.” The television station further maintained that the documentary was not false and neither was it aired out of malice to the person of the claimant.