Ebonyi State Government Refutes Allegations of Attempted N1bn Bribery in Election Tribunal



The Ebonyi State Government has vehemently denied allegations of a plan to bribe election tribunal judges with a sum of N1 billion in order to pervert the course of justice and obtain favorable judgments. The government’s response comes in the wake of accusations made by the president of the Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in the Diaspora (AEISCID), Paschal Oluchukwu.

In a press statement, Mr. Oluchukwu claimed that the Ebonyi State Government, led by Governor Francis Nwifuru, intended to utilize funds deducted from the local government area allocation to bribe judges handling the state tribunal cases. However, the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Jude Okpor, promptly refuted these allegations, warning Oluchukwu against being manipulated by desperate politicians who were rejected by the citizens of the state in the last governorship election.

Commissioner Okpor emphasized that Governor Nwifuru has no reason to be apprehensive about the tribunal’s outcome, as he and other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates were elected into office by the people of Ebonyi State with overwhelming support. The state government expressed confidence in the integrity and impeccable character of the tribunal judges, stating that there is no intention to bribe or influence them in any way.

He also emphasized the government’s unwavering belief in the Nigerian judicial system and its commitment to upholding the rule of law. Engr Jude Okpor made it clear that the state government respects the judiciary and the autonomy of the local government system in Ebonyi State. The accusation of soliciting funds from local government chairmen to bribe judges was labeled as baseless and misleading.

The statement denounced the actions of Mr. Oluchukwu, who resides in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as a purveyor of fake news. It highlighted the disassociation of prominent members of the Association of Ebonyi Indigenes residing in Kuwait from Oluchukwu’s claims, stating that he does not serve the interests of any group of Ebonyi people, regardless of their location.

The government called on Oluchukwu and other disgruntled individuals to join hands with the present administration to move Ebonyi State forward, emphasizing that the elections are over and it is time for unity and progress. Governor Nwifuru’s inclusive approach and willingness to extend olive branches to the aggrieved were reiterated, urging Oluchukwu to redirect his efforts toward constructive engagement for the betterment of the state.

In conclusion, the Ebonyi State Government firmly denies any involvement in bribery attempts and expresses confidence in the fairness and impartiality of the election tribunal judges. The government remains committed to good governance, respecting the judiciary, and upholding the principles of justice in the state.

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