A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyanya Judicial Division, has struck out a defamation suit instituted by Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan a Senatorial Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Kogi State, against Governor Yahaya Bello.
In a ruling delivered on Friday, June 16 2023, by Justice Idris Mua’wiya, the Court struck out the defamation suit marked “CV/412/2022” for being incompetent.
The suit, filed by the Chambers of Femi Falana on behalf of Akpoti-Uduaghan , was struck out upon the objection challenging the competence of the suit by Abdulwahab Muhammed, counsel to Kogi State Governor.
Counsel to the plaintiff had sought to amend the defective suit upon receipt of the preliminary objection filed by Muhammed, SAN.
The Court, in striking out the suit, agreed with the submission of counsel to Governor Bello that an incompetent originating process cannot be amended.
Akpoti-Uduaghan, last November, dragged the Kogi State Governor and others to court for allegedly defaming her character.
She claimed N5 billion damages over a publication where the state government called on security agencies to invite her for questioning over public defence of an alleged terror suspect.
According to the PDP senatorial candidate, the publication was a dent on her reputation.