The Supreme Court has dismissed a social media report that President Bola Tinubu spoke by phone with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) about outstanding matters before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).
Dr. Festus Akande, spokesman for the Supreme Court, revealed this in a statement on Wednesday.
“In light of the rumour currently circulating in the social media space that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, had a telephone conversation with His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) with a view to pressurizing the Presidential Election Petition Court on the likely judgment to give, it is imperative to state clearly that there is no iota of truth in the rumour,” the statement
“With admirable zeal, Nigerians have followed the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Court.” So, rather than relapsing, it is advised that we all maintain the pace and follow it all the way to the end.
“If the current trend of deception and slander continues, our country may fail to make the necessary progress.” The courts are statutorily mandated to serve the best interests of the people, and we are always ready to do so to the best of our abilities.
“We would like to appeal to everyone to work with the judiciary in order for it to serve the country to the best of its ability, as no one will ever be favored over the other in any dispute.”
“The rule of law and the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution will always be upheld and applied in every case that comes before the courts; as the facts presented and the existing laws must be applied in determining the merit or otherwise of each case.”
“The public should have confidence that all matters pending in various courts across the country will be resolved fairly, regardless of who is involved.”