An order has been given to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and his Campaign Director, Dr Bukola Saraki by a Federal High Court in Lagos to pay N5m damages fee to a Lagos based trader, Amuda Adeleke. This fee resulted from the unauthorised use of her photograph on the billboard for their campaign.
The monetary award in judgement was made on Monday by Justice Ayokunle Faji, who clearly said that the N5m fee would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Peter Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate in the poll.
In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/19, Adeleke explained to the court that the defendants used her photograph on their campaign billboard without her permission.
The trader said she was embarrassed by the use of her photo and asked that the court award N45m against the defendants for infringing on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined, in the 1999 Constitution.
The case was ruled in her favour, but Justice Faji awarded N5m against the defendants.
Adeleke explained in the suit that in December 2018, while working toward the 2019 general elections, agents of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, led by Saraki, came to Oyin Jolayemi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos to campaign for Atiku and his running mate, Obi.
According to Adeleke, Saraki and his team engaged her and other people on the street. She mentioned that she saw members of the campaign train taking snapshots during the engagement with the crowd and she thought it was just to save the memory of the event.