Claims that Olukayode Ariwoola, the CJN, had a secret meeting with Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, have been refuted by the Supreme Court.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi are both contesting Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election held on February 25.
There were rumors that went viral that Ariwoola had traveled to London in disguise while using a wheelchair, meeting Tinubu there.
Festus Akande, the Supreme Court’s director of press and information, insisted that not a single word of the report is true.
Speaking to Premium Times, Akande revealed that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) had visited the nation and presided over meetings of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on March 16 and 17.
The secretary of NJC, Gambo Saleh, was the only travel companion for Ariwoola’s brief March 18 trip outside of Nigeria to London for medical treatment, according to Akande.
“On March 23, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) returned from his medical visit to London and reported to the office (in Abuja), where he worked until 8 o’clock that evening.
“On January 25, when he went to Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj, the CJN traveled for the sole time this year. On January 29, he made his return, Akande said.