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Ex-AGF Aondoakaa Denies Faulting Tinubu’s Emergence As President-Elect




Former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Mike Aondoakaa (SAN), has denied claims that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erred in declaring Asiwaju Bola Ahmed the winner of the 2023 presidential election.

Aondoakaa claimed that information from a recent interview with Arise TV station, in which he is said to have slammed the outcome of the presidential election, was greatly exaggerated.

Naija News recalls INEC declared the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Tinubu the winner of the February 25 presidential election. But all the major contenders in the election are currently challenging the outcome of the election in court. ()

Apart from the process of transmitting and collating the results which are being contended against by opposition parties, the fact that Tinubu couldn’t record 25 percent in Abuja became a contentious issue after the results were announced.

In a statement released by Aondoakaa’s Special Assistant Abdul Kohol Esq. in Makurdi on Tuesday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said he had to react to misunderstandings and false claims in his interview since the outcome of the election is now in court.

His statement read: “It has become necessary to make this clarification flowing from the misconceptions and distortions being peddled on the social media concerning the live interview granted on Arise TV by Aondoakaa, SAN on a variety of public issues, on the 3rd March, 2023.

“In the said interview, the TV anchor sought Aondoakaa’s opinion on a candidate winning 25% of the valid votes of Abuja, FCT as a necessary condition, among others before being declared a winner of the presidential election.

“In response, Aondoakaa, SAN stated that the Supreme Court had in 2008 given interpretations as regards the conjunction “and” joining the larger part of the Subsection with the smaller part of; which the Supreme Court held to be “conjunctive” in view of the words used in Section 146(1) of the Electoral Act, 2006 and not “disjunctive”; however, Supreme Court has a right to depart from its previous decision depending on the facts of each case.”

The statement added: “At no time did Aondoakaa state in the interview that it was wrong for the INEC to have declared the President-elect His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu winner of the said Presidential elections.

“Aondoakaa, SAN stated clearly that since the matter is in court it would be subjudice to delve further into it.

“Aondoakaa further clarified during the interview that decisions of the Supreme Court are based on the facts/merits of the each case before it.

“Throughout the interview, the TV anchor never asked about the validity of the declaration of the winner of the 2023 presidential election nor about the swearing-in of the winner of the election; and Aondoakaa, SAN never alluded to that effect.

“It only smacks of mischief and/or ignorance on the part of anyone that tries to introduce untruths in the reading of the interview. Such persons should look for another avenue to pour vituperation on the election processes.”

The statement concluded: “Aondoakaa holds the President Elect His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Judiciary in very high esteem, and will never make comments on matters pending before the Courts of Justice.

“A video clip of the interview is widely available on the Arise TV channel and YouTube platform; any interested person can watch it for further understanding.”