The controversy surrounding President-elect Bola Tinubu’s recent trip to London has taken a new turn, as it has been revealed that his media team issued a statement to distract Nigerians from the real purpose of his trip.
It was reported on Thursday that Tinubu had scheduled a secret meeting with Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Olukayade Ariwoola, while in London. However, before the revelation, his media aide, Tunde Rahman, had issued a statement on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, claiming that the President-elect had traveled to Europe to rest and plan his administration’s transition programme.
The statement also claimed that Tinubu would be participating in the lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia and the Ramadan fasting and would return to Nigeria soon.
“The President-elect decided to take a break after the hectic campaign and election season to rest in Paris (France) and London (United Kingdom), preparatory to going to Saudi Arabia for Umrah (Lesser Hajj) and the Ramadan fasting that begins Thursday,” Rahman wrote. “While away, the President-elect will also use the opportunity to plan his transition programme. He is expected back in the country soon.”
But the recent revelation on the compromising and unethical meeting with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayade Ariwoola has sparked outrage among Nigerians, who are accusing Tinubu’s team of attempting to deceive them.
Commenting on the issue, a political analyst, Edikan Uko, said: “It is unacceptable for the President-elect to deceive Nigerians in this manner. We need transparency and accountability in our political system, and this latest development has eroded public trust in our leaders.”
Meanwhile, Tinubu’s media team has remained tight-lipped on the matter, and the president-elect has not commented on the allegations.
As the controversy continues to unfold, Nigerians are calling for a full investigation into the matter and for Tinubu to come clean about his trip to London and his meeting with the Chief Justice.
SCANDAL: Chief Justice Ariwoola Rolls Into London Hotel For Secret Meeting With Bola Tinubu On Wheelchair
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, has been spotted in London posing as a physically challenged old man.
According to the People’s Gazette, the move by the Chief Justice of Nigeria is a clandestine preparation for a meeting with Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu.
According to sources who spoke to the online news platform, Mr. Ariwoola left Nigeria on March 11, and upon arriving in London, he was pushed in a wheelchair to his hotel.
However, he was seen moving around the hotel without the aid of the wheelchair soon after checking in. He was also seen picking up food orders via delivery services.
Reports suggest that Mr. Ariwoola’s movements were exposed to the media as Mr. Tinubu was arriving in London for a relaxation trip after a hectic campaign that preceded his declaration as Nigeria’s president-elect last month.
Mr. Tinubu had reportedly kept his trip to London secret until it was exposed by Sahara Reporters, another online news platform.
The CJN’s alleged visit to London has sparked concerns about his motives, as Mr. Tinubu faces a legal challenge to his election from two main opposition candidates, Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar.
The petitions allege that the process that led to the decision of the electoral office INEC was fraudulent and unconstitutional.
The CJN is expected to play a key role in the legal battle, which has raised concerns about the credibility of the Supreme Court as an arbiter of untainted justice.
Mr. Ariwoola’s apparent affinity with Mr. Tinubu has raised eyebrows, as he reportedly wanted to meet Mr. Tinubu to discuss issues that may arise from the legal challenge. Sources suggest that the CJN may have assured Mr. Tinubu of victory in court or warned him about the potential challenges his legal team may face.