Fashola Denies Writing Judgment For PEPT Judges

Babatunde Fashola, the ex-minister responsible for works and housing, has firmly refuted the claim that he was involved in drafting a verdict for the presidential election petition tribunal (PEPT).

A Twitter user named Jackson Ude had made an assertion that Fashola, along with certain legal representatives from the All Progressives Congress (APC), was in the process of crafting a judgment intended to be presented to the judges handling the case.

Nevertheless, in a statement issued on a Sunday, Hakeem Bello, who serves as Fashola’s special adviser on media affairs, has categorically dismissed these allegations as being entirely without merit and damaging to his reputation.

“Fashola expressed his disappointment with the spread of this false information on social media platforms and has called on security agencies to take action against those responsible for spreading fake news,” the statement reads.

“In response to the allegation, Fashola clarified that he has been away from Abuja for an extended period of time, rendering the claims entirely unfounded.

“The former minister believes that these allegations may be part of a wider campaign to undermine the judiciary by those who seek to manipulate the institution for their own gain.

“He emphasises the importance of unmasking the perpetrators and their sponsors and ensuring that they face the appropriate legal consequences.”

He went on to label the individuals perpetuating these accusations as “agents of disruption.”

The former minister declared that he has already set in motion the procedure for formally filing complaints against the offensive tweets and online articles with the management of X (formerly referred to as Twitter) as well as the National Communications Commission (NCC).

He urged law enforcement agencies involved to treat this situation with the “utmost seriousness,” emphasizing that it pertains to the fundamental principle of judicial autonomy.

Furthermore, he called upon the Nigerian populace to disregard these unfounded claims and encouraged them to promptly report any individuals who may be engaged in propagating such false and harmful fabrications to the appropriate law enforcement entities.

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