Did the CJN have a secret meeting with Tinubu while travelling in a wheelchair?

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According to a recent report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has debunked the rumours of a meeting between the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, in the United Kingdom.

The council stated that the reports were an attempt to cast doubts about the legitimacy of Tinubu’s victory in the recent election.

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola in a wheelchair in the United Kingdom
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, in a wheelchair in the United Kingdom

Bayo Onanuga, the media director of the campaign council, said in a statement on Thursday that Tinubu is currently in Paris, France, and not in the UK.

He also refuted the rumours, stating that “there has been no clandestine meeting between the president-elect and the respected chief justice of our country, anywhere. It’s pure fabricated news, groundless in fact and authenticity.”

Onanuga further pointed out that the story was a mere “salacious fiction” intended to draw attention to the purveyor of the false news. He noted that Tinubu left Nigeria on March 21, ten days after the CJN was purported to have left for London in a wheelchair.

Therefore, the media director questioned how the two men could have arranged a secret meeting in London, with such widely disparate arrival dates, except in the imagination of the false news merchants.

“We can confirm that the president-elect, who left Nigeria Tuesday, has not been in London. He is right now in France to have a deserved rest, after a hectic campaign that began in January 2022. He will go to London thereafter before proceeding to Mecca for the lesser Hajj,” Onanuga said.

The spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Festus Akande, is yet to respond to the matter.

NB: The picture used above and widely spread on the internet has been confirmed by our team as a photoshop and doctored.

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