Babatunde Fashola, a former minister of works and housing, has refuted rumours that he is presiding over the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
Jackson Ude, a Twitter user, said that Fashola and a few All Progressives Congress (APC) lawyers were drafting a ruling for the tribunal judges.
Ude said on Facebook that “Former Lagos State Governor and former Minister for Works, Babatunde Fashola and some APC lawyers are allegedly writing the judgement Bola Tinubu and APC intend to hand over to the Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal.”
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Hakeem Bello, Fashola’s special media adviser, argued that the accusation is “baseless and defamatory” in a statement on Sunday.
Bello claimed that distributing false information was a part of a scheme to weaken the courts and urged security authorities to take action against those responsible.
“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.
“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,” the statement read.
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