The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, has refuted media reports that he directed Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja to reverse the order he issued on Monday, asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to conduct the governorship poll slated for Saturday in Cross River State.
The Media Adviser to the CJN, Mallam Mohammed Adamu, who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP yesterday, said Justice Musdapher did not write any letter instructing Justice Kafarati to reverse himself on the matter.
He said: “The CJN did not write any letter to Justice Kafarati on the matter. But I cannot confirm to you whether he talked to Justice Kafarati or not on it”.
Some media had reported that “a source” close to the Supreme Court had claimed in Abuja on Tuesday that Justice Musdapher had directed Justice Kafarati to reverse the order he issued on Monday, asking INEC not to conduct the governorship poll.
But following the said administrative order, Justice Kafarati had refused to release the order to the plaintiffs - All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and its Governorship candidate, Dr. Obol Patrick Okomiso.