June 25, 2024

Central News

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Fashola denies writing judgement for presidential election petitions tribunal

Immediate-past Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has vehemently denied the allegation that he was involved in drafting the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Court on the 2023 election in Nigeria.

The former two-term Lagos State governor spoke in a statement by his special adviser on media, Hakeem Bello, after a formal complaint to Inspector-General of Police Egbetokun.

Incidentally, Egbetokun was chief security officer (CSO) to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Lagos State governor at the same time that Fashola was the governor’s chief of staff (CoS).

In Bello’s statement said Fashola expressed disappointment with the spread of this false information on social media platforms and has called on security agencies to take action against those responsible for spreading fake news.

In response to the allegation, Fashola clarified that he had been away from Abuja for an extended period of time, saying this renders the claims entirely unfounded.

He condemned the individuals behind these allegations, referring to them as agents of destabilisation.

According to Bello, Fashola has initiated the process of filing formal petitions against the offensive tweets and online reports with the management of the microblogging site, X (formerly known as Twitter), and the Nigeria Communications Commission.

He urged the relevant security agencies to treat this matter with utmost seriousness as it strikes at the heart of judicial independence.

The former minister believes that these allegations may be part of a wider campaign to undermine the judiciary by those who seek to manipulate the institution for their own gain.

He emphasised the importance of unmasking the perpetrators and their sponsors and ensuring that they face the appropriate legal consequences.

Bello urged members of the public to disregard these false allegations and asked them to report any individual involved in spreading such dangerous fabrications to the relevant security agencies.