Justice Olukayoode Ariwoola, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has refuted rumors suggesting that he engaged in telephone conversations with President Bola Tinubu and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, regarding the pending post-election petitions before the Presidential Election Petitions Court.
Ariwoola firmly asserted that the judiciary has no intention to show favoritism towards any party involved in the petitions before the court, including Tinubu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party’s (LP) Peter Obi.
In a statement issued by the Director of Information of the Supreme Court, Dr. Festus Akande, on Wednesday, the CJN discredited the narrative circulating on social media, stressing that there is no truth to the claims.
The CJN appealed to Nigerians to collaborate with the judiciary in fulfilling its duty to the nation. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the momentum and attentiveness shown by the public regarding the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. Ariwoola urged individuals to avoid engaging in speculations and spreading rumors that serve no constructive purpose.
He stated, “If this current trend of falsehood and mudslinging is sustained, our nation may not make the desired progress. The courts are statutorily established to serve the best interest of the masses, and we are ever poised to do that to the best of our ability.”
Ariwoola emphasized that the rule of law and the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution will always be upheld and applied in every case presented before the courts. He reassured the public that justice will be served in all matters pending in various courts across the country, regardless of the parties involved.
It is vital for the public to remain confident in the judicial system, as facts and existing laws will be considered to determine the merit of each case, the CJN concluded.
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