By Kelvin Adegbenga
Few weeks ago, the Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP), a purported coalition of media and civil society organisations condemned and accused the distinguished Senate President, Bukola Saraki of “using violence with impunity against the online media organisation, Sahara Reporters”.
The group further claimed that “every attempt by Sahara Reporters to legally redress the N4 billion judgment awarded against it has been frustrated”.
Up till now, Sowore neither Sahara Reporters has shown prove how they have been frustrated in redressing the N4 billion judgement awarded against it.
That by the way, when my attention was brought to the press statement, I was disturbed because majority of the signatory to the statement are persons I know and have worked with in various capacities.
Late last week, I came across a tweet by Sahara Reporters claiming that the Senate President sent his media aide to “beg Premium Times to stop reporting the Senate President in bad manners”.
Within some minutes, Premium Times responded by saying ” We are not in the habit ridiculing people who make friendly visits to our office”.
Based on the allegations from Sahara Reporters and the response from Premium Times, it shows that the so called Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP) must have been misinformed in signing and issuing out their press statement against the distinguished Senate President, Sen Bukola Saraki.
Like I always say, a case before a respected court should be done away with until Judgement is delivered. Misleading some people to seek sympathy wont win a case in court, rather concrete evidence beyond doubt win cases in court.
I am using this piece to advise Omoyele Sowore and his Sahara Reporters to prepare for her defence rather than misleading respected persons against the Senate President who has done the right thing by going to court since all efforts to stop Sahara Reporters mischievous against the Senate President failed.
Adegbenga Kelvin is a Journalist based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State