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Presidential Election Petition 2023: Chief Justice Denies Seeking to Influence Verdict Outcome Through Phone Calls

Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, has vehemently denied recent allegations that he had telephonic interactions with President Bola Tinubu and the head of the Department of State Services (DSS) regarding the pending verdict on the contested presidential election held on February 25. These allegations, reported widely in the media, suggested that the Chief Justice was attempting to sway the outcome of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Justice Ariwoola responded to these allegations, calling them a complete fabrication. He asserted that there were no such phone conversations with either of the aforementioned individuals. In a statement issued by Dr. Akande Festus, the Director of Press and Information at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, it was emphasized that the Nigerian public has been commendably engaged with the proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Dr. Festus advised against succumbing to conjecture and gossip, asserting that such behavior could hinder progress. He further affirmed that the court is committed to serving the public interest impartially and professionally.

He appealed for cooperation with the judiciary, promising that no bias would be shown in any dispute. Dr. Festus emphatically stated that the courts would always uphold the rule of law and the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution. He assured the public that justice would be served in all cases, without regard to the parties involved.

SOURCE: Independent

IMAGE: The Nation

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