A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kola Awodein, has described as malicious, utterly ridiculous, and revolting the allegation that he gave Justice Niyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, currently standing trial for alleged corruption, N500, 000.00 as bribe.
This was said to be at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari during the contrived certificate issue affecting the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement by Awodein yesterday said Nigerians know that President Buhari challenged the elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011, up to the Supreme Court, and not once was he named as trying to compromise any judge, though some of them were his schoolmates, or contemporary, at one time or the other.
It is in keeping with the president’s time-tested reputation as a man of truth and integrity. Any attempt to sully that reputation is bound to fail, inexorably, Awodein said in the statement signed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement which Awodein said shows that the president was in no way linked with Justice Ademola at all reads in part: “Any link whatsoever with Mr. President, or any court case or cases, of my personal gift from my personal resources delivered to Justice Niyi Ademola by myself on that occasion or any suggestion whatsoever that it was anything but such a gift or that it ever came from Mr. President or at his instance or that I was acting, under any circumstances, on his behalf is most malicious, utterly ridiculous and in very poor and revolting taste and most undeserving of any further comments,” he said.