Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday appeared at the State High Court in Port Harcourt, to testify as a witness in a N7billion libel suit against THISDAY Newspaper.
He explained that he was in court to seek justice and clear his name as a person from the alleged malicious publication by THISDAY.
He alleged that the report portrayed him as a deceitful and an untrustworthy person, who exerted subterranean influences on judicial matters and over court sittings in Port Harcourt.
The governor had in August 2020 demanded N7billion damages in a libel suit against a report published by THISDAY on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 headlined: “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’S Waterloo; Almost.”
The defendants in the suit are THISDAY Newspapers Limited, Leaders and Company Limited, Davidson Iriekpan, Chuks Okocha and Adibe Emenyonu.
Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, while testifying as witness in the court presided over by Justice A. 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,” he said.
In his written statement on oath, Wike said the defendants accused him of influencing the decision of the court sitting in Port Harcourt that granted an injunction restraining Godwin Obaseki from participating in the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State in 2020.