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Tribunal Summons CPC Chieftain over Comments

05 Oct 2011

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From Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr. Rotimi Fasakin, has been summoned by the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal for allegedly calling the five justices of the tribunal “a cash and carry panel”.

Fasakin is to appear before the panel tomorrow to confirm the authenticity of a press statement credited to him by some national dailies in which he allegedly disparaged and maligned the integrity of the justices of the Appeal Court who sit as the Presidential Election Tribunal.


Justice Bayang Akaahs issued the summon in Abuja yesterday in reaction to a publication in the Nigerian Tribune of September 29, titled “Nigeria’s Judiciary Descending to the Abyss.”

Editor of the newspaper, Mr. Dickson Edward, who appeared yesterday at the tribunal along with one of his reporters, Mr. Christian Okeke, apologised profusely to the justices for the embarrassment the offending publication might have caused them.

Edward, however, insisted that the offending publication was based on a press statement e-mailed by Fasakin to the box of the reporter.

In tendering an unreserved apology on behalf of the newspaper, the editor said: “My Lords, I want to tender an unreserved apology to the court. The publication was not in any way intended to impugn on the integrity of the judiciary, as it is not in our character to malign anybody, let alone your Lordships. We appreciate what you are doing.”

The editor’s apology was repeated by counsel to the newspaper, Mr. Akinjide Sadiq, who told the tribunal that the newspaper management felt bad with the offending publication.

Sadiq said before the editor and the reporter were summoned, the management had resolved to retract the public

He assured the tribunal that the retraction and apology would be published to assuage the hard feelings of the justices and to confirm that the newspaper had nothing but respect and honour for the tribunal. The apology however doused the tension created by the publication.

Earlier, counsel to President Goodluck Joanthan, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), Hassan Liman and Chief Amaechi  Nwaiwu (SAN) respectively, had in strong terms condemned the press statement of CPC.

They wondered what informed the offending statement when there was nothing to suggest that the panel had derailed.

CPC's counsel, Abubakar Malami (SAN), agreed that Fasakin be summoned to explain himself in the open court on the rationale behind his press statement.

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  • As far as iam concern what the CPC man said is correct ,considering what happen in 2003 and 2007 tribunal ,we all know yar aduwa lost that election but federal government use her might and money to make sure the ruling is in her favour. this is confirm by former CJN to US former ambassador. God help Nigeria

    From: Shariff

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let us wait and see.

    From: Amadu Tijjani Ali

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • To be sincere to ourselves Nigerian Judgement goes in favour of who you know? And what do you have?

    From: Abuba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why are we running away from the truth. Highly respected jurist [Rtd Justices Esho] once lamented that he never believe that Nigerian Justcies will be roaming in millions of dollars and nairas. What is happening to Salami today is because he refused to dance to tune of the powers that be. My problem with Boko Haram is that they are venting their anger on innocent Nigerians, they should deal with these thieves that are ruining this country.

    From: Richard Okoroji

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Is because CPC is involved. If it were others, it will be one exercising his human rights. ACN had slumped GEJ over independence celebrations.What happened?

    From: Inua

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr Richard Okoroji, i think your comment is out of place. you are talking about our Justices roaming in millions of dollars and naira. have you forgotten that the same Ayo Salami you are talking about had a "social relationship" with Chieftains ACN while their case is still in court? i'm sure you have a very short memory. i urge you to be rational and sincere with your sense of judgement.

    From: Philip Onyeche

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  • Aboki or Mallam Sheriff, what else would you say? Boko Haram under the guise of CPC supporter.

    From: Philip Onyeche

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  • It is share stupidity on the part of the editor of the newspaper to go t court to apologize after an insulting information had been published. What was the editor thinking prior to publishing the offending words? What happened to verification of information before publishing? Where is the objectivity in judgment? Did the editor received his journalism certificate on line? or from a 9-month program? One of the most important tenets of journalism is verification--Guys, go back to school.

    From: Babatunde Oyinade

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  • @ RICHARD OKOROJI, YOU ARE VERY CORRECT, BUT ONE DAY IT SHALL BE SO IF THING DID NOT CHANGE POSITIVELY

    From: BALA YARO

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