BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA
The All Progressives Congress has debunked an alleged telephone conversation between President Bola Tinubu and the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, said to be aimed at influencing the outcome of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
A statement signed on Tuesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, stated, “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 the 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.
“The PEPC should be afforded the time and space to perform its important constitutional and statutory duty of adjudicating and delivering a verdict in the matter without needlessly calling the integrity of our Judges into question.
“Falsehood and conjecture by the likes of Mr. Ude only aim to inflame political passions, create doubt and panic, and peremptorily 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.”