Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his Campaign Director, Dr Bukola Saraki, have been ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos, to pay N5m damages to a Lagos trader, Amuda Adeleke, for unauthorised use of her photograph on their campaign billboard.
According to the Judge, Ayokunle Faji, who gave the judgement yesterday, said the N5m would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Peter Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate in the poll.
In a suit marked FHC/L/CS/19, the complainant, Adeleke had said the defendants used her photograph on their campaign billboard without requesting her consent.
She claimed that it caused her a lot of embarrassment while praying the court to award N45m against the defendants.
She added that the defendants had infringed on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined, in the 1999 Constitution.
But after entering judgment in her favour, Justice Faji awarded N5m against the defendants.
In the suit, Adeleke explained that in December 2018, during the build-up to 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.
She said Saraki and his team engaged people on the street, including herself.
Adeleke said she saw members of the campaign train taking photographs during the engagement with the crowd and she thought it was merely to preserve the memory of the event