False Publication: Faleke Threatens Daily Independent With N5B Libel Suit

The ranking Lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. James Abiodun Faleke has condemned in strong terms, a malicious publication currently circulating on some news blogs and social media platforms.

The media space was agog on Wednesday morning about a purported statement in which Hon. Faleke was alleged to have insulted the personality of APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and some respected leaders.

In the grossly misleading publication, which was featured on the online version of Daily Independent of June 23, 2021 and some other remote blogs, it was alleged that Rt. Hon. Abiodun Faleke accused the leaders of the party of “fighting only for their relatives”, among several other falsehoods.

But in a swift reaction to the publication, which was suspected to have been orchestrated and sponsored by mischief makers and enemies of true democracy within Ojodu LCDA political circuit, who recently truncated the popular will of the people and benefitted from what they did not deserve,

Rt. Hon. Faleke has denied ever making any statement insulting the highly reverred Jagaban of Africa or any respected leader within and outside the party’s GAC.

According to a Statement from the Media Unit of the high soaring Federal Lawmaker, Rt. Hon. Faleke described Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as “My Father and mentor in whom I am well pleased and satisfied.

“I Abiodun James Faleke can never and will never pass insult to Asiwaju for any reason. I was together with him throughout yesterday and Asiwaju himself knows what I can do and what I cannot not do”, said the record-breaking parliamentarian”

The statement further warns rabble-rousers and political jobbers in Ojodu and environs not to allow some “fluke, unmerited victory” to intoxicate them to the point fabricating imaginary lies, intentionally calculated to create frictions in the cordial Father-Son relationship existing between Hon. Faleke and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

While advising Media Practitioners to avoid being used as a cheap pawn in the hands of evil-minded politicians, Hon, Faleke thanked all his leaders followers and supporters for their steadfastness and faith, even in the face of what looks like an unexpected outcome.

Meanwhile, Rt. Hon. Faleke has demanded an immediate retractation of the misleading story and a written apology from Daily Independent, to be published within 72 hours both in the Print and online Version of the Newspaper, failing which a Libel Lawsuit to the tune of N5 Billion Naira will be slammed on the Newspaper and its promoters.

Below is the full text of the Statement from Hon. Faleke’s Media unit.

Our attention has been drawn to a watery but malicious publication currently doing the rounds in the public space about how our indefatigable leader, Rt. Hon. James Abiodun Faleke (MHR, IKEJA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY) purportedly insulted our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other notable APC leaders in Lagos State.
The story is completely untrue, malicious and mischievous in all ramifications.

Rt. Hon. Abiodun James Faleke dissociates himself from it and condemns it in the strongest term possible.

The silly story was apparently concocted to defame and damage the integrity, character and personality of Rt. Hon. Faleke, but the perpetrators have failed woefully once again.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a father to Hon. Faleke, he holds him in very high esteem and has never done or said anything to malign the image of the respected National Leader.

Of course, we know where all these fabricated news are coming from and we know why it is coming from them at this time.

We would not have dignified them with a response if not for the unsuspecting public who might be deceived by their rascaly falsehood.

Hon. Faleke has utmost respect for both party elders and members, most especially the top-ranking members of the Governors Advisory Committee (GAC) in Lagos. Hon. Faleke will never do or say anything that disrespect the top members of this body of elders whose contributions and commitments have taken Lagos State to greater heights.

Rt. Hon. Faleke totally condemns this grossly biased and unprofessional publication in very strong terms and demands Daily Independent Newspaper to retract the disgraceful story and tender a written apology within 72 hours. Failure to do this will result in court actions anchored on Libel to the tune of N5Billion.

Going forward, we want to warn all mischief makers and story planters to desist from trying to sow political seeds of discord in the father-son relationship existing between Hon. Faleke and our highly revered leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who will be emerge as Nigeria’s President come 2023 by God’s Grace.

Hon. Faleke will always respect, adore and honor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is his father and whose help and support has seen him to greater heights politically and in other areas of life. Also as a thorough-bred Yoruba man, Hon. Faleke will never deride or cast aspersions on any leader of the party for whatever reason because he believes in their leadership capacity and party supremacy.

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