Mutu v. Eselemo: No letter from CJN to transfer case between Eselemo and Mutu, it’s a false alarm

By Harrison Akamule

The teeming supporters to Hon. Mutu Nicholas have been urged to disregard the letter making the rounds that the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria has directed the National Assembly election petition tribunal panel 111 sitting in Asaba, Delta state to transfer the case between Prince Collins Eselemo and Hon. Nicholas Ebomo Mutu to Panel 11.

In a statement signed by Ogbomah Ebitimi, media aide to Hon. Mutu Nicholas, the lawmaker said: “I wish to state categorically that the letter from the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria directing the National Assembly elections petition tribunal panel III sitting in Asaba to transfer the case between Prince Collins Eselemo and Hon. Mutu Nicholas to panel II, is fake and at best falsified. The letter never emanated from the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria”.

According Ogbomah Ebitimi, “Those circulating such falsehood should desist from doing so as the office of Hon. Mutu Nicholas will not hesitate to press for the prosecution of anybody found spreading such fake news.

“I wish to equally state that the said petition has since been dismissed by the election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba. Let it be on record that the 180 days stipulated by the 1999 constitution as amended for the determination of the said petition has since expired and as such the election petition tribunal no longer has the jurisdiction to hear the matter. There is also no room for extension of time”.

The media aide further noted: “The petitioner, haven lost in the election petition tribunal, then appealed against the judgment of the tribunal and personally facilitated the transmission of the records of appeal from the election petition tribunal to the court of appeal Benin division and the matter was equally dismissed by the court of appeal. These facts are there in both courts for the general public to verify”.
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Ogbomah Ebitimi said: “I urge all our teeming supporters to disregard the letter making the rounds as same is fake and only meant to deceive and mislead the public”.

THE PRESS RELEASE IS ATTACHED HERE-UNDER
I wish to state categorically that the letter from the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria directing the National Assembly election petition tribunal panel III sitting in Asaba Delta state to transfer the case between Prince Collins Eselemo V Hon. Mutu Nicholas to panel II, is fake and at best falsified. The letter never emanated from the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Those circulating such falsehood should desist from doing so as the office of Hon. Mutu Nicholas will not hesitate to press for the prosecution of anybody found spreading such fake news. I wish to equally state that the said petition has since been dismissed by the election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba.

Let it be on record that the 180 days stipulated by the 1999 constitution as amended for the determination of the said petition has since expired and as such the election petition tribunal no longer have the jurisdiction to hear the matter. There is also no room for extension of time.

The petitioner haven lost in the election petition tribunal, then appealed against the judgment of the tribunal and personally facilitated the transmission of the records of appeal from the election petition tribunal to the court of appeal Benin division and the matter was equally dismissed by the court of appeal. These facts are there in both courts for the general public to verify.

I urge all our teaming supporters to disregard the letter making the rounds as same is fake and only meant to deceive & mislead the public.
Signed by
Ogbomah Ebitimi Esq.
Media Aide to Hon. Mutu Nicholas

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