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Akunyili rejects Aondoakaa’s apology, threatens legal action

By Uduma Kalu and Laide Akinboade, Abuja

Professor Dora Akunyili
Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Friday, rejected the apology of ex-Attorney General of the Federation, Chief  Michael Aondoakaa, as she has threatened to go  to court next week if  Aondoakaa does not in seven days, issue a clear apology to her and publishes it in the media, including The Nation, the newspaper in which Aondoakaa issued his offensive statement earlier this week.

Aondoakaa had earlier in the week said  Akumyili’s memo to the Federal Executive Council to empower Goodluck Jonathan as Acting Presidentas,cheap popularity and personal.

“What she is trying to do is self-seeking: let her go and confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC.”
But Akunyili had last Tuesday threatened legal action against Aondoakaa, who was last Wednesday removed as the AGF apologised by telling him in a letter to clarify the comments in the story within seven days or face legal action, leading to Aondoakaa adopting a conciliatory apology to Akunyili, saying,   “ the import of the last sentence, to the effect that ‘let her go and confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC’ was meant to be in the positive but was wrongly presented in the negative.

“The correct import of the above quoted words is that the honourable minister had already earned a reputation for herself while at NAFDAC and needs not seek to do more by embarking on the present course of action to the detriment of a resolution already adopted unanimously by members of the FEC. Accept the assurances of my highest regards and consideration.”

But in a letter to  Aondoakaa on behalf of. Akunyili, Kop Odidika of Sower & Messuarius Solicitors, said the former AGF’s letter to Akunyili was unacceptable, as Aondoakaa had “most disingenuously tried to put a spin on an otherwise clear and unambiguous statement that has only one interpretation, to wit: that our client committed some untoward acts while at the helm of affairs in NAFDAC.”

He described Akunyili’s integrity as unimpeachable.  “Her tenure at NAFDAC can accurately be described as the golden years of that establishment as no other head, whether prior to, or subsequent to, her appointment has achieved so much as to even merit comparison with her.”


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