The All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted claims that President Bola Tinubu was told to get ready for a run-off election by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Olukayode Ariwoola.
Jackson Ude made the claims in a social media post, claiming that the CJN’s private phone talks with Tinubu, Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and two other Justices of the Supreme Court had been disclosed to American authorities.
Ude further claimed that two further justices of the supreme court had been denied entry to the country as a result of the conversations’ release.
Ude’s accusations, according to a statement from APC National Publicity Secretary Felix Morka, are “mischievous and intentionally misleading.”
President Tinubu and the APC, according to Morka, won the presidential election on February 25, 2023, without a doubt, and do not need to have a side conversation with the CJN about cases that are currently pending before the Presidential Election Petitions Court.
In his opinion, Nigerians are “smarter and more discerning” than to be swayed by Ude’s “opposition brand of tasteless and crass mercenary expedition.”
The statement reads, “We have become aware of a decidedly mischievous and intentionally misleading tweet by one Mr Jackson Ude. He alleged that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was in telephone conversation with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, in which the CJN purportedly told the President and APC to prepare for a presidential election rerun.
“It is disturbing and disgraceful for Mr Ude to fabricate a falsehood of this kind on a matter of serious national importance that is actively under review by the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC).
“President Tinubu and our Party won the last Presidential election without a doubt, and do not have any need to engage in side conversations with the CJN regarding pending petitions before the PEPC. As the core democrat that he is, the President respects the right of aggrieved Candidates in the election to seek redress for any grievances that they may have. The Constitution and Electoral Act provide effective guarantees of that right.
“Falsehood and conjecture by the likes of Mr. Ude only aim to inflame political passions, create doubt and panic, and preemptively undermine the verdict of the Courts in this important matter.
“We are confident that Nigerians are smarter and more discerning than to be affected by this opposition brand of tasteless and crass mercenary expedition.”