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Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019

CJN denies writing to election petition tribunal in Delta

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) Justice Tanko Mohammed, has refuted the claims that he wrote a letter to the Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Delta State.
According to the purported letter, the CJN, directed the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Panel III, sitting in Asaba, Delta State, to transfer the case between a member representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Nicholas Mutu and one Prince Collins Eselomo to Panel II.
In a statement signed by the Director of Press and Information, Dr. Akande Festus, the office of the CJN has never at any time issued a letter or query of any sort with such information to the said panel.
He maintained that if at all such Information were to be communicated, the office have their well-established official channel to do so.
Justice Tanko, therefore, warned that anybody caught spreading such misleading and harmful information will certainly be made to face the full weight of the law.
The statement reads in parts; ‘’Even though there was an earlier rebuttal of that tissue of falsehood in the Vanguard Newspaper of Thursday 10th October, 2019 by the Media Aide of Hon. Nicholas Mutu, we still deem it imperative to state categorically clear that there is no iota of truth in that information, as it is a mere figment of the imagination of the author.
‘’We therefore enjoin members of the public, particularly politicians, to always conduct themselves with decorum and respect, especially when making weighty allegations and insinuations of that nature, as the consequences are always dire and far reaching.
‘’For the umpteenth time, rumour mongers and peddlers of malicious information should endeavour to apply caution and toe the path of honour and dignity.
‘’Anybody caught spreading such misleading and harmful information will certainly be made to face the full weight of the law to serve as deterrent to the several others who are waiting eagerly in the queue to administer their own dose of infectious falsehood on the unsuspecting public,’’ he warmed.

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