The All Progressives Congress has debunked the report of an alleged telephone conversation between the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the outcome of the presidential election petition ongoing in the court.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria’s, this was made known in a statement issued by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Felix Morka in Abuja.
The party, however, described the speculations as mischievous, noting that the Presidential Election Petition Court should be given free hand to do its job.
“We have become aware of a decidedly mischievous and intentionally misleading tweet by Mr Jackson Ude.
“He alleged that President Tinubu had a telephone conversation with the CJN, in which the CJN purportedly told the president and the APC to prepare for a presidential election rerun,” Morka said.
Condemning the reports, he stressed that it was disturbing and disgraceful for Ude to cooked up such a falsehood on a matter of serious national importance that was actively under review by the PEPC.
He affirmed that Tinubu and the APC won the Feb. 25 presidential election without a doubt.
Morka further dislosed that the party and Tinubu do not have any need to engage in side conversations with the CJN regarding pending petitions before the PEPC.
He said Tinubu as a core democrat respects the right of aggrieved candidates in the election to seek redress for any grievances they may have.
He stated that the Constitution and the Electoral Act provided 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 Ude only aim to inflame political passions, create doubt and panic, and preemptively 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,” the APC said.