The Supreme Courtroom on Saturday in Abuja dissociated the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, from a political assertion on the actions of the 5 Governors of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), in any other case referred to as G-5 Governors.
The Apex Courtroom, within the first official response, stated unequivocally that Justice Ariwoola by no means made any feedback to the impact that he was comfortable that his dwelling state governor, Seyi Makinde, is among the many G-5 Governors.
An announcement by the Director of Data and Press, Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria, Dr Festus Akande, stated that these crediting the CJN with the feedback have been simply out to attain low-cost objectives with the remarks of Justice Ariwoola at a public perform in Port Harcourt, River State.
The assertion dated November 26 learn partly, “Our consideration has been drawn to a publication with the caption “I’m comfortable, Makinde is amongst G-5 Governors” making the rounds in each standard and social media.
“We want to state unequivocally clear that the CJN, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, had by no means at any level stated such throughout his transient remarks on the State Banquet organised as a part of the occasions lined up for the commissioning of the 2 Judiciary initiatives undertaken by the Rivers State Authorities.
“Points bordering on misconceptions and misrepresentations of this nature usually are not at all times unusual in occasions like this when the nation is getting ready for normal elections, as some folks might wish to benefit from each alternative to attain very low-cost objectives.
“As everyone knows, that is the period of aggressive and even unconventional politicking, so there’s nothing that won’t be heard or seen at this significant time, particularly between now and February 2023, when the overall elections can be carried out.
“Individuals say no matter they select to say, simply to please their egocentric pursuits and inordinate needs.
“We will’t actually pinpoint the place such barefaced falsehood is coming from, and definitely, we don’t additionally know at what level the CJN stated he was comfortable that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was a member of the now christened “Integrity Group” or “G-5 Governors.”
“Everybody is aware of that the CJN, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, is a judicial officer and never a politician, as such, would by no means instantly or remotely make such feedback or innuendoes.
“We want to set the file straight by making it clear that the CJN and different senior Judicial Officers drawn from completely different components of the nation have been in Port Harcourt on Thursday and Friday, the twenty fourth and twenty fifth days of November 2022, to fee the 2 buildings to accommodate the Federal Judicial Service Fee’s South-South Liaison Workplace and the Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili Judicial Institute that was conceptualized and constructed by the Rivers State Authorities.
“Even on the State Banquet organised as a part of the occasions, the CJN made it clear in his transient remarks, that he (CJN) was not in Port Harcourt for the State Banquet however merely to fee the 2 initiatives as a mark of honour for the Judiciary and Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili, CFR, JSC, Rtd and later return to Abuja thereafter.
“Equally, he stated he was very stunned to see the “G-5 Governors” (“Integrity Group Governors”), simply as he equally expressed the identical shock when he noticed them in Ibadan, Oyo State, throughout the reception organised in his honour by his state authorities in October 2022.
“His shock significantly stemmed from the truth that he noticed his personal State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde (who by the way is a member of the “G-5 Governors”) on the Port Harcourt event.
“He equally said jocularly that being that HE Engineer Makinde married from Rivers State and is equally very near HE Nyesome Wike, he would have the ability to replicate the developmental strides of the latter in Oyo State for the great of the citizenry.
“This, in fact, is a remark that, ordinarily, must elicit applause and never myopic misrepresentations, as governance is all about optimistic comparisons and wholesome competitors.
“Anybody or group of people making these unconscionable assumptions and pervading the misinformation are, by implication, creating the impression that it’s now a criminal offense for the CJN to have come from Oyo state, which coincidentally, has a member of the group, Engineer Seyi Makinde, because the Governor.
“Let it’s famous that something stated, assumed, presumed, reported or positioned within the public area exterior the above details, is solely a mere figment of the creativeness of such authors and don’t in anyway characterize what the CJN stated in Port Harcourt, as we aren’t prepared to affix points with such purveyors of misinformation,” the assertion clarified.