Social media round-up: Atiku’s emergence, Sabinus sues Gala, Johnny Depp awarded $15m + others

Onyinye Okonkwo
*Atiku Abubakar emerges PDP presidential candidate | *Sabinus sues gala, peak milk for intellectual property theft | *Johnny Depp wins defamation lawsuit
Atiku Abubakar emerges PDP flagbearer

It’s the end of another eventful week and as is our tradition, we are here to bring you a roundup of all the major stories that lit up the social media space during the week. Are you ready? let’s get it!

Atiku Abubakar emerges PDP presidential candidate


Last week, we informed you that the former governor of Anambra and presidential aspirant under the PDP, Peter Obi announced his withdrawal from the presidential race under the PDP prior to the PDP primaries.

On Friday, Obi announced his emergence as the flag bearer for the Labour Party running for the presidential seat.

This announcement came in just in time as Atiku Abubakar, former running mate of Peter Obi once, again, won the ticket as the presidential flagbearer for the PDP.

Peter Obi who was the running mate to Atiku Abubakar who also won the presidential ticket for the PDP in the 2019 general elections will now face each other as top contenders for the presidency in the upcoming presidential elections.

Here are what social media users have had to say about this.

Sabinus sues gala, peak milk for intellectual property theft


Popular social media skit maker, Oga Sabinus has sued the makers of gala, UAC foods and Friesland, the makers of Peak Milk, for the unauthorised use of his trademark “something hoooge” and using his likeness in an advert.

A statement released by his legal; representatives, reads, “The said slogan was trademarked on the November 26, 2021, with the file number: NG/TM/O/2021/48316. 10. On this note, we make the demand for the payment of the sum of Five Hundred Million Naira (₦500 million) as compensation for the unauthorised use of the intellectual property belonging to our client.

“And another five hundred million naira for damages for the trauma; emotional, physical, psychological, and mental trauma our client has suffered for the Trademark theft and infringement of his intellectual property rights.”

While in a separate statement to gala, the statement said, “Your company UAC Food Ltd. has been using the brand picture and other intellectual properties of Sabinus to make adverts for your Gala sausage roll without the consent or authorisation of our clients,

“We demand that you pay our client the sum of one hundred million Naira (₦100 million) for the use of the picture which is the average fee our client charges for his picture to be used for adverts and promotions.”

Here’s what social media users had to say about this.

Johnny Depp wins defamation lawsuit


If you have not been following the very publicised defamation lawsuit between famous exes, Pirates of the Caribbean star, Johnny Depp and Aquaman star Amber Heard who sued each other for defamation after a very dramatic end to what seemed like a toxic marriage for all involved, there is a new update.

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The duo who were both married for two years have gotten divorced and have been in courts over allegations of defamation, first by Johnny Depp and Amber heard counter sued.

This week, after months in court, the verdict finally came in and the jury has found both Amber and Johnny guilty of defaming each other and has awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages and $2m to Amber heard.

This is what social media had to say about this:

That’s it for this week guys, the top stories on the social space for this week. Until next week.

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