Veteran singer, Onyeka Onwenu has reacted to the verdict of defamation lawsuit against her. Recall that last week, a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja ordered her to tender a public apology to Chief Okoroji and also pay the sum of five million naira as damages for defamation of character to the latter. (Read it Here)
However, in an interview with PUNCH, The ‘One love’ star maintained that Hon Justice I. O. Akinkugbe’s judgment was unfair and cannot stand.
‘The judgment given by Justice Akinkugbe is most unfair and cannot stand. Throughout the trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer kept referring to the fact that I was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and my appointment to office as Director General of the PDP but that I was serving under an APC Government,’
‘I will not apologise and I will not pay any fine. I am guilty of nothing. We have a country where one is allowed to pursue justice and, by God’s grace, justice will be served. If not by Justice Akinkugbe, then certainly by an Appeal Court or even the Supreme Court of Nigeria. ’
She added that she bears no grudge against Tony Okoroji. ‘I have been very much there for Okoroji for so long and in many more ways than I care to remember. I respect his intellect and I’ve said so on many fora, but I will not stand by and watch him attempt to destroy the very reputation that he has found and made use of personally and officially in the past. Some of us left the Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria for him to run aground, in order to avoid his trouble. He is hoping we will do the same with regard to the Copyright Society of Nigeria. That wish will not be granted.’ The former Director General of the National Center for Women Development concluded.