Akinkugbe, who was the presiding judge in a defamation of character suit filed against the singer by Chief Tony Okoroji, ordered her to publicly apologise and pay N5m to the latter for defamation of charatcer.
However, the legendary musician has stated her position on the matter saying she will not apologise to the former president of PMAN. She mentioned that she is going to appeal against the ruling.
According to her, “the judgment given by Justice Akinkugbe is most unfair and cannot stand. Throughout the trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer kept referring to the fact that I was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. My lawyer raised an objection as we did not think that my party affiliations had anything to do with the case at hand. But the judge to our consternation allowed that line of questioning. I am waiting to receive a copy of the judgment, at which point I will have copy of the judgment, at which point I will have more to say.”
“For now, I am certain that this judgment cannot and will not hold based on the fact that we were able dismiss the allegations convincingly and unequivocally. We are appealing the judgement, of course.”