The Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu on Social Media, Dada Olusegun has denied trending reports that Tinubu’s lawyers told the Presidential Election Tribunal that nullifying his 2023 electoral victory would lead to anarchy in Nigeria.
Olusegun in a post via his Twitter handle said the trending angle about anarchy is nothing but fake news by those desperate to twist what was submitted before the tribunal.
Premium Politics had reported how President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima had given reasons why the Presidential Election Petition Court should dismiss petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, the Labour Party, and their presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
Tinubu and Shettima insist that claims that a candidate must score 25 percent of votes in the Federal Capital Territory to be declared president could have been a result of either their misreading of the Constitution or their miscomprehension of the relevant provisions of the nation’s ground norm.
This publication gathered that these submissions were part of their arguments in two sets of final written addresses filed on the petitions by Atiku/PDP and Obi/LP against the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
According to The Nation, the two final addresses were filed on Friday by the Tinubu/Shettima legal team, led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
Describing both petitions as strange and hollow, Tinubu and Shettima argued that neither of the two sets of petitions provided relevant evidence to support the claims of the plaintiffs that the election was not held in compliance with relevant laws or that the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the APC were not qualified to contest the election.
Some platforms further reported that as part of the submissions by Tinubu’s legal team before the tribunal, the President warned that his removal from office may cause anarchy in Nigeria.
However, Olusegun said his principal never said anything like that through his legal counsels.
He wrote, “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s counsel didn’t argue nullifying the election would lead to anarchy.
“They argued that Abuja is the 37th state for electoral purposes and any other interpretation would lead to anarchy. But as usual the fake news machines are desperate to twist it.”