Posted by News Express | 9 September 2013 | 4,989 times
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, has advised her lawyers to do their work after rejecting former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s withdrawal of his comments on their alleged relationship.
Speaking through her Personal Assistant, Mr. Isaac Igboanu, the ex-beauty queen and widow of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, dismissed the retraction made by Chief Fani-Kayode last Friday as insufficient and unsatisfactory. She also stressed that she had never met Fani-Kayode, not to talk of having any romantic relationship with him.
A story this morning in Daily Sun newspaper quotes Mr. Igboanu as saying: “The attention of Her Excellency, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, has been drawn to a statement purportedly issued by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode through one Mr. Akinola Babatunde Rotimi and published in the Daily Sun and ThisDay newspapers of September 6, 2013.
“The phantom claim in the said statement that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu were once good friends to the knowledge of mutual friends who are still alive is not only false, baseless and typical, but a further attempt by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to create the impression of a connection between himself and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.
“Whilst it is important to reiterate that Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu has never met Chief Femi Kayode and does not know him in person, it is pertinent to note that the statement issued through Mr. Akinola Babatunde Rotimi, falls far short of an apology and retraction of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s false and libelous outbursts and is merely a desperate attempt to lend credence to fabrications, which he seeks to present as reality with intent to gloss over the very serious issues arising from the reckless publication.
“In the circumstances, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu is left with no option than to leave the matter in the hands of her lawyers.”
It would be recalled that Fani-Kayode had in his controversial article entitled “Neither a tribalist nor a hater” claimed to have had “intimate relationship” with three Igbo ladies, including Bianca during her days as a spinster.
Dismissing the claim as a big lie aimed at tarnishing her image, Bianca, through her lawyers, Wall Street Attorneys, wrote to Fani-Kayode on August 27, giving him up to September 6 to retract his statements and offer an unreserved apology to her in The Sun and Thisday, as well as online, giving the former minister, to do so.
But when Fani-Kayode on September 6 withdrew his comments in the two newspapers, he insisted that he knew Mrs Ojukwu in the 1980s and that some of those who knew she was his girlfriend are still living.
With Biacah’s rejection of Femi’s retraction, the stage appears set for a mighty court battle.
•Photo shows Bianca.
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