The Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded N5m against the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his campaign director, Dr Bukola Saraki, over unauthorised use of the photograph of a Lagos-based trader, Mrs Amuda Adeleke, on their campaign billboard.
Justice Ayokunle Faji, who made the monetary award in a judgment said the N5m would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Peter Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate during the election.
In her suit, marked FHC/L/CS/19, Adeleke had told the court that the defendants used her photograph on their campaign billboard without her consent.
The trader said the unauthorised use of her photograph for the PDP presidential campaign caused her embarrassment.
“All my friends who saw the campaign billboard said it portrayed me as a woman stricken with poverty who had lost all hope and was prepared to commit suicide,” she said.
Adeleke had prayed the court to award N45m against the defendants for infringing on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.