The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has refuted the widespread reports of meeting secretly with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, in London to discuss how to tackle those who are challenging his election victory in court.
The alleged secret meeting was a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday, with many adding that Ariwoola was disguised as an old man with a disability in a wheelchair.
Addressing the reports in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu, called them "fake", "misleading", and "malicious".
According to him, the reports are the concoction of people hallucinating to create distrust around his legitimate victory at the poll.
“Our attention has been drawn to the grossly fake, misleading and malicious story about the Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola disguising to meet President-elect Bola Tinubu in London.
“The story was a pure concoction from the hallucinating minds of hatchet men bent on creating doubts and public distrust about the legitimacy of our recent election, which was won by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We refute emphatically that there has been no clandestine meeting between the President-elect and the respected Chief Justice of our country, anywhere.
“It’s pure fabricated news, groundless in fact and authenticity.
“To show that the story was a mere salacious fiction, meant to draw traffic to the discredited purveyor, it claimed the Chief Justice left Nigeria for London on 11 March, on a wheelchair to board a plane.
“The President-elect left Nigeria on 21 March, 10 clear days thereafter.
“What kind of appointment or secret meeting will the two men have arranged in London, with so wide disparate arrival dates, except in the imagination of the false news merchants?
“We can confirm that the President-elect, who left Nigeria Tuesday has not been in London.
“He is right now in France to have a deserved rest, after a hectic campaign that began in January 2022.
“He will go to London thereafter before proceeding to Mecca for the lesser Hajj.
“As we move towards inauguration on 29 May 2023, Nigerians should expect more false and salacious news from a section of the Nigerian media, on the payroll of the opposition”, part of the statement reads.
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