Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has blasted Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal High Court, Wuse, Abuja, for granting an injunction restraining him from publishing his three-part autobiography, “My Watch.”
Obasanjo said the presentation of the book in Lagos yesterday Tuesday did not contravene any law.
“I had given the book to my editors and to the publisher. As far as I am concerned, my job is done. I had written the book and printed before the court injunction.
“In a normal judiciary, the judge should be sanctioned and I hope something will be done. We are here legally and lawfully and we will continue to act lawfully and legally.”
Justice Ashi, had following an ex parte application by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, directed that the book should not be published pending the determination of the petitioner’s libel suit against him.
The judge agreed with Kashamu’s lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), that part of the content of the book related to the N20bn libel suit instituted against Obasanjo.
The content of the book was said to be related to a letter dated December 2, 2013, written by Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan, claiming that Kashamu was wanted for a drug-related crime in the United States.
The judge adjourned hearing in the main suit till Wednesday(today).
The volume one of the 1, 572-page trilogy has 500 pages while the second volume has 672 pages. The third has 400 pages.
The dignitaries present at the yesterday’s book presentation wereformer Minister for Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Prof.Oladipo Akinkugbe, Chief Jonathan Olapade, the Vice-Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University,Prof. Ernest Izevbigie; and a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola.
Vice-Admiral Michael Adelanwa (retd.), Dr.Segun Oyefeso, Olubara of Ibara, Oba Olufemi Omolade; Navy Capt. Femi Pearse, Registrar, Bells University of Technology, Mrs.Oluwayemisi Gbadebo, were also in attendance.
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