BY Austin Ogwuda

Asaba— DELTA State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), has instituted a N1 billion suit against All Progressives Party’s candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, for allegedly claiming that thumb printing of ballot papers was done in his residence during the October 12 Delta Central by-election.

A team of lawyers, led by Mr. Ekemejero Ohwovoriole, in the suit filed on behalf of Utuama, wanted a declaration that the words spoken by the defendant that, among other things, “thumb-printing took place in the Deputy Governor’s residence, the PDP candidate Emmanuel Agwariavwado’s house and one Chief John Oguma’s house,” is defamatory of the claimant.

The suit also demanded N1,000,000,000 as damages for defamation, including exemplary damages  and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, his agents, or servants from further uttering the said or similar words defamatory of the claimant.

The plaintiff has also secured an order of the court to enable him serve the defendant by substituted service.

Upon a motion ex-parte filed in an Asaba High Court presided over by Justice C. O. Ogisi, the court granted “an order for leave to serve the writ of summons and all other processes emanating from the suit on the defendant by substituted service to wit, by advertising same in the Vanguard, a newspaper circu-lating within the jurisdiction of this honourable court.”

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