By Tony Edike
ENUGU – THE acclaimed godfather of Anambra politics and member, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Chris Uba, has instituted a legal action against some members of state and National Assembly from Anambra State over a malicious publication which allegedly destroyed his reputation claiming N4 billion as general damages.
Defendants in the suit number E/365/2009 dated August 19, 2009Â which was filed by his lawyer, Chuma Oguejiofor before an Enugu State High Court are Senators Joy Emodi, Annie Okonkwo and Ikechukwu Obiorah.
Others are Mr.Chinedu Eluemunoh, Mr.Okechukwu Ude, Mr.Chikwendu Odedo, Mr.Vitalis Okafor, Emma Mr.Echieze, Mr.Uche Ekwunife, Chukwuka Onyema and Ralph Okeke.
Also joined as defendants in the case are the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr.Anayo Nnebe, Afam Obi andÂ Leaders and Company Limited, publishers of THISDAY Newspapers.
In an 18-paragraph statement of claim, Uba said as a politician cum successful businessman, he has never been arraigned before any court of law for any criminal offence nor been adjudged guilty of any crime by any court in the land, adding that by a dint of hard work and prudent management of his resources became â€œa high flier and wealthy man by any standard of course to the consternation and envy of not a few people, including the defendants.â€
The politician, who maintained that he does not owe any bank in Nigeria even a kobo nor has he held any public position as to have meddled with or helped himself to public fund, said his reputation was seriously damaged by the defendants who found themselves in their present positions â€œnot because they are better than other indigenes of the state or otherwise more qualified than them to be there, but rather by chance and divine arrangement.â€
He said that in a bid to protect their political future and continued presence at the corridors of power and the National Assembly than for any altruistic reasons, the defendants had aggregated together â€œeven as many of them had hitherto been strange political bed fellowsâ€ and made a publication in the THISDAY Newspaper of Friday August 14, 2009 entitled â€œPress Conference by members of the National and State Assemblies elected on the platform of PDP from Anambra State on the prevailing situation in the state.â€