Okutepa Speaks On Peter Obi Been Behind News Of CJN Meeting Tinubu
A foremost layer, Jibrin Okutepa, has denied claims that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, was behind the fake news that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, disguised to meet the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, in London.
In a post via his official Twitter account on Friday, Okutepa, who is also a member of Obi’s legal team said his client was not responsible for the fake news and should not be associated with such.
Okutepa said the former Governor of Anambra State does not promote fake news, adding that the LP candidate has respect for and confidence in the judiciary.
The lawyer stated that those who are attributing Obi to the news of CJN disguising to meet the politician are mischievous and satanic.
He wrote: “That I am in the legal team of HE Peter Obi does not stop me from speaking the truth. HE Peter Obi does not represent and does not promote fake news.
“Those who are attributing the news of CJN disguising to meet a named politician to HE Peter Obi are mischievous and satanic.
“Mr Peter Obi has respect and confidence in the judiciary. That is why he has approached the court for justice. Justice we prayed for and justice we hope to get.
“Those who are attributing the news which was intended to denigrate the CJN to Mr Obi’s camp are evils and enemies of Nigeria.
“As a people, we cannot destroy our institutions no matter how bad we feel. The judiciary is one of the institutions of democracy. We must respect those men and women who are on the bench.
“Those who feel bad about bad eggs in the judiciary must be civil in their criticisms.”
Recall that a report, on Thursday, claimed that the CJN disguised himself in a wheelchair and travelled to London to meet Tinubu regarding the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
The report alleged that Ariwoola departed Nigeria on March 11 via Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
However, the Supreme Court and Tinubu have denied the report, saying that there is no iota of truth in the report.