Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has insisted on “clearing” his name over a publication by Thisday Newspaper.
Wike took further steps on Tuesday when he appeared before the State High Court in Port Harcourt to testify as a witness in a Seven Billion Naira (N7B) libel suit against Thisday.
Governor Wike said he was in court to seek justice and clear his name as a person following the publication by Thisday Newspapers, which he said portrayed him as a deceitful, untrustworthy person who exerts subterranean influences on judicial matters and over court sittings in Port Harcourt.
The Governor, while testifying as a witness in suit No. PHC/1505/CS/2020 before the court presided over by Justice Adolphus Enebeli asserted that the defendants maliciously and falsely portrayed him as an unreliable friend/person.
“When you say somebody cannot be trusted, that cannot be a fair comment. When you say somebody is influencing the judiciary, that cannot be a fair comment.
“They did not seek to verify the facts from me or in any manner oblige me with the opportunity to state my side of the story before proceeding to make the false publication,” he said.
Governor Wike stated that the defendants further denigrated him before the entire world as a fake democrat who meddles in the All Progressives Congress’s internal affairs to get at his political foe, Chibuike Amaechi.
The court adjourned the matter for further hearing to the 12th, 13th and 14th of January 2022.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike had in August 2020 slammed a N7 Billion suit being damages for libel written and published in Thisday Newspapers on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 edition captioned, “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’S Waterloo.”
The defendants in the suit are THISDAY Newspapers Limited, Leaders and Company Limited, Davidson Iriekpan, Chuks Okocha and Adibe Emenyonu.