National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and DAAR Communications Plc, the owner of African Independent Television have settled out of court on Friday over a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdillon’ aired repeatedly on AIT prior to the 2015 general elections.
Hearing the case on Friday, both lawyers informed the judge that their clients had settled the case out of court and prayed the court to adopt the terms of settlement they filed as the judgment of the court in the case.
Justice Akinkugbe who adopted the settlement terms as the judgment in the suit said DAAR Communications Plc would publicly tender an unreserved apology to Tinubu, “three times, one daily” and would respectively bear the cost spent by them on the suit.
The terms of settlement was backed with a letter of apology, in which DAAR Communications begged Tinubu and described him as an “outstanding political leader of unblemished character and integrity” and prayed that he would live long “to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria.”
The letter read in part, “DAAR Communications Plc acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an outstanding political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion-moulder, who has made and continuous make immense contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general and Lagos State in particular.
“DAAR Communications Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention, whatsoever, to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.”