P&ID Fraud Allegation: Seun Kuti Apologizes To Ayorinde

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Seun Kuti, the renowned Nigerian Afrobeats star, has issued a formal apology to Bolaji Ayorinde SAN for his defamatory and libelous statement against him.

In a video shared on social media, Seun had implied that Ayorinde deliberately leaked information to Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) during the arbitration proceedings regarding their disputed gas contract with Nigeria.

Furthermore, the afrobeat musician expressed his readiness to face Ayorinde in court regarding the controversy surrounding the P&ID gas processing contract case.

Consequently, Ayorinde filed a lawsuit against Seun for libel and defamation of character at the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan.

However, during the hearing on April 18, 2024, both parties informed the court that they had reached a settlement agreement on April 15, 2024, which they had filed on the same day. They requested the court to adopt the terms of settlement as the official judgment.

In response, Justice K. Olawoyin accepted the terms of the settlement as the judgment of the court.

The court said:

In view of the foregoing and in accordance with the expressed desire of the parties in this suit as confirmed by the respective counsel in court, I hereby enter the foregoing terms of statement as the judgment of the court.”

In the term of statement, Seun stated unequivocally that his statements made and published on his Instagram Handle @bigbirdkuti on October 31, 2023, against Chief Ayorinde were not true and unfounded and stand retracted.

He said:

 “It is not true that the claimant (Chief Ayorinde SAN) leaked confidential documents to the adverse side in the P & ID Vs. Nigeria arbitration matter or in any way conducted himself in any unethical or corrupt manner in his work as legal Practitioner for Nigeria in the said case.

“It is not true that the claimant deliberately planned with the opponent to lose in the P & ID Vs. Nigeria Arbitration Matter and sabotaged the interests of Nigeria in the case.

“It is not true that the claimant committed Treachery against Nigeria in the said P & ID Vs. Nigeria Arbitration Matter.

“It is not true that the claimant charged $197 million for a case in which the claimant intentionally sabotaged his country, Nigeria.”

Seun in his defense before the court, said:

“Having now conceded that my allegations are untrue and unfounded and that I have unjustifiably impeached the character and reputation of Chief Ayorinde, SAN, I hereby publicly recant and retract my aforesaid untrue imputations against Chief Ayorinde, which stood to damage the hard earned good name and good will of Chief Ayorinde’s character.”

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