NewsSupreme Court Denies Alleged Meeting Between CJN, Tinubu

Supreme Court Denies Alleged Meeting Between CJN, Tinubu




March 25, (THEWILL) – The Supreme Court has denied reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, had a secret meeting with the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in London.

Media reports (not THEWILL), had on Thursday, alleged that Justice Ariwoola disguised himself in a wheelchair to have a meeting with the President-elect, whose legitimacy is being challenged by his major opponents in the February 25 presidential election.

While the Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC-PCC) had earlier denied that there was any meeting between the President-elect and CJN Ariwoola, Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity of the APC-PCC, insisted that Tinubu, who left Nigeria on Tuesday, has not been in London, saying he was still in France to have a deserved rest, after a hectic campaign that began in January 2022.

He added that Tinubu would go to London thereafter before proceeding to Mecca for the lesser Hajj.

However, the Supreme Court, through its spokesperson, Festus Akande, on Friday, denied the allegation that the CJN and Tinubu held a meeting.

Akande maintained that the CJN had been in the country, stressing that he presided over a meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC), held on March 16 and 17.

However, Akande, in a chat with newsmen, admitted that the CJN had actually visited London on March 18 for medical attention.

He added that it was after the NJC meeting that the CJN, in company with NJC’s Secretary, Gambo Saleh, travelled to London on March 18, for medical care.

“On March 23, the CJN returned from his medical trip to London and later reported to the office where he worked till 8pm.

“The only time the CJN travelled earlier this year was on January 25, when he travelled for Lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia. He returned on January 29, 2023,” Akande clarified.

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