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CJN Denies Conversing With Tinubu, Judges Handling Obi, Atiku’s Petition

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Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the CJN of Nigeria, has refuted the claim that he spoke with President Bola Tinubu on the phone about petitions that sought to overturn the results of the 2023 presidential election.

The CJN denied speaking with Mr. Yusuf Bichi, Director General of the Department of State Services, in an attempt to persuade the judges on the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja, to rule in favour of President Tinubu, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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In response to a rumour that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, had a phone conversation with His Excellency, the statement, which was signed by Dr. Festus Akande, Director of Press and Information at the Supreme Court, stated:

“…It is imperative to state clearly that there is no iota of truth in the narrative, as there was no such telephone conversation between the CJN and anyone, let alone President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) with a view to pressuring the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the likely judgement to give.

“With remarkable passion, Nigerians have been watching the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

“Therefore, it is advised that everyone maintain the pace and follow it through to the end rather than slipping back into the world of conjecture and rumor-mongering that will serve no one.

“If the current pattern of deceit and mudslinging continues, our country might not reach the development we want.

“The courts are mandated by law to serve the general welfare, and we are constantly prepared to uphold that mandate.

“No one will ever be preferred against the other in a disagreement, thus we kindly ask everyone to work with the judiciary to serve the nation to the best of its ability.

“The supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and the rule of law shall always be upheld and applied in every case that is heard by the courts because each case’s merit must be assessed using the facts that have been presented and the applicable laws.

“The public should have confidence that justice will be served in all cases that are pending in the various courts across the nation, no matter who is at fault,” it added.

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