A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Wuse Zone II, Abuja, has granted an order restraining former President Olusegun Obasanjo from going on with plans to publish or have someone publish on his behalf, his new autobiography titled, ‘My watch.’
The battle between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former political associate, Buruji Kashamu, has entered another phase ? with an Abuja high court stopping the publication of the retired general’s memoirs titled “My Watch”.
The book, which recounts Obasanjo’s eight years in power between 1999 and 2007, is believed to contain uncomplimentary remarks about Kashamu.
Request for the order was made by a Peoples Democratic Party chief in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, in an ex parte application.
Justice Valentine Ashi made the order on Friday as he agreed with Kashamu’s lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), that part of the content of the book related to the subject matter of the N20bn libel suit instituted by the PDP chief against former President Obasanjo.
The court restrained the former President from publishing the book pending the determination of the pending libel suit instituted against him.
The content of the book was said to be related to a letter dated December 2, 2013 written by Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan, claiming that Kashamu was a fugitive in the United States of America.
Iziyon, had argued on Friday that since part of the content of the autobiography related to the December 2, 2013 letter , which is the subject matter of the libel suit, it was wrong for Obasanjo to be allowed to proceed to comment on, write books about or make publications on the issue yet to be decided by the court.
Justice Ashi, in his ruling, restrained Obasanjo from either publishing the book or have it published on his behalf by anybody, pending the determination of the main suit.