The supposed settlement in the libel suit filed by the acclaimed leader of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, against Daar Communications, the owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT), has apparently proved abortive.
According to Vanguard, the counsel to Tinubu, Ayo Adesanmi, had in a response to an observation by Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe-led Lagos state High Court sitting in Ikeja disclosed on Wednesday, October 21, that there was no indication that parties in the N150 billion libel suit filed by his client are out for settlement.
Adesanmi said that both parties had exchanged pretrial conference processes and that in view of the circumstances, the AIT had not shown any intention to settle.
The suit against the Raymond Dokpesi owned media came as a result of an alleged documentary titled: “Lion of Bourdilion” which was run by the television house, which the politician claimed to have lowered his reputations in the eyes of the public.
Tinubu stressed that the documentary was politically sponsored to bring his image to disrepute before the right thinking people of the society.
Owing to this, the APC leader is demanding N150 billion damages to that effect.
The trial judge, Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe, adjourned the suit to allow the parties exhaust the option of settlement in a pretrial conference.
It was also said that the matter came up on a Wednesday, September 30, but was adjourned by the trial judge for further directives.
However, Vanguard reports that before that time, specifically on April 1, the trial Judge granted an interlocutory injunction restraining AIT from further airing the documentary pending the determination of the libel suit.
Sequel to his submission, Tinubu’s counsel urged the judge to refer the case for commencement of trial since both parties had exchanged pretrial conference forms.
But Justice Akinkugbe who therefore adjourned the matter till November 16 for further directive referred the parties to the Case Management Conference (CMC), maintaining that if during the conference the parties could not reach a compromise, the case would be referred to a trial judge.