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Tinubu in France, Didn’t Hold Clandestine Meeting With CJN in London, Onanuga

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Mr. Bayo Onanuga, spokesperson of the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied that his principal has held a clandestine meeting with the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, in London.

Onanuga said in a statement that, Tinubu, who left Nigeria on Tuesday, has not been in London, but is presently “in France to have a deserved rest, after a hectic campaign that began in January 2022.”

The politician, he disclosed, will go to London thereafter, before proceeding to Mecca for the lesser Hajj.

Onanuga stated that “Our attention has been drawn to the grossly fake, misleading and malicious story about the Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola disguising to meet President-elect Bola Tinubu in London.

“The story was a pure concoction from the hallucinating minds of hatchet men bent on creating doubts and public distrust about the legitimacy of our recent election, which was won by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“We refute emphatically 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.

“To show that the story was a mere salacious fiction, meant to draw traffic to the discredited purveyor, it claimed the Chief Justice left Nigeria for London on 11 March, on a wheelchair to board a plane.

“The President-elect left Nigeria on 21 March, 10 clear days thereafter. What kind of appointment or secret meeting will the two men have arranged in London, with so wide 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.

“As we move towards inauguration on 29 May, 2023, Nigerians should expect more false and salacious news from a section of the Nigerian media, on the payroll of the opposition.

“We urge the media once again to cross check their information from the President-elect media office before rushing to press,” he said.

An online publication, on Thursday, reported that Ariwoola was seen in London “pretending to be a physically-challenged old man” and was on a wheelchair, preparatory to having a clandestine meeting with the president-elect in London.

In the report, titled, “EXPOSED: CJN Ariwoola Sight (sic) On Wheelchair In London Hotel For Secret Meeting With Tinubu”, the report confirmed that the CJN departed Nigeria on March 11 via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He was said to have been seen being “pushed in a wheelchair through the terminals to board a British Airways flight.”

Also according to it, “With Mr. Tinubu, now in Europe, he would be meeting Mr. Ariwoola in a secret arrangement to discuss issues unknown to Nigerians, our sources said.

“The CJN deliberately left the country more than a week ahead of Tinubu to avoid any suspicion about why both of them disappeared at once,” a source familiar said.

“That is why he travelled secretly and Tinubu also travelled secretly.

“Shortly after Mr. Tinubu’s trip was reported, his media aides issued a statement saying he was going to be in Paris and London briefly before heading to Saudi Arabia for prayer rites. His return date was not disclosed”, the report said.


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