The 2020 presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), David Apasera, has sued the General Secretary of the party Janet Nabla for defamation.
According to the writ, Ms Nabla “since sometime in or around 2021, Defendant has embarked on a smear campaign against the Plaintiff by granting interviews at various media (TV, radio, newspaper) outlets with the view to damaging Plaintiff’s image and reputation.”
Mr Apasera who is also the Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga sued the PNC General Secretary for defaming him during a programme at Accra-based ETV Ghana, which was subsequently published.
“The Publications complained of were calculated to besmirch the reputation and character of Plaintiff and to lower his esteem in the eyes of the right-thinking members of the general public as part of a grand scheme to get Plaintiff removed from his position as the leader of the PNC.”
The 2020 Presidential Candidate further indicated that “by reason of the publications complained of Plaintiff has been seriously injured in his reputation and has been brought into public scandal, odium and contempt.”
Mr Apasera is, therefore, seeking reliefs from the court including: “A declaration that that the words published or caused to be published by the Defendant,” are “derogatory.”
“General Damages for publication of Defamatory words published or caused to be published by Defendants, an order for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant either by herself or her agents or assigns from further publishing or causing to be published and or distributing defamatory words against Plaintiff.”
He is further seeking “Exemplary damages of 1,000.000 (One million Ghana Cedis) against Defendant for publishing or causing to publish the defamatory words,” against Plaintiff.
Also, an “Order directed at the Defendant to retract and apologise for the defamatory publication and cause same to be published on,” some media platforms indicated by Mr Apasera, “together with 4 publications on the front and back pages of the Daily Graphic Newspaper for 4 consecutive weeks” and “cost including lawyer’s fee.”