Bola Tinubu’s campaign’s team have denied a report of an alleged meeting between the president-elect and Olukayode Ariwoola, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in the United Kingdom.
One of the campaign’s spokespersons, Bayo Onanuga, issued a statement saying that contrary to the claim in the report, Mr Tinubu is still in Paris, France and has not moved to London.
Several online media had reported that the CJN left the country for the UK to have a meeting with the president-elect to discuss the presidential election case.
Recall that two major opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) have both filed separate petitions, which challenged the results of the presidential election.
Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared as winner by INEC after securing a plurality of votes and 25 percent of votes cast in 29 states. He defeated Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and 15 other candidates.
Onanuga said the CJN left the country on 11 March for the UK, while Mr Tinubu left on 21 March for Paris, France, while debunking the news. Mr Tinubu has plans to visit the UK, but he is still resting in Paris, he added.
According to Onanuga, the reports of the alleged meeting between the president-elect and the CJN is a purely fabricated news, groundless in fact and authenticity.
“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 said.
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