It’s Utterly Ridiculous To Say I Bribed Justice Ademoa At Buhari’s Behest – Kola Awodein SAN
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kola Awodein, has reacted to news making the rounds that he gave Justice Niyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, currently standing trial for alleged corruption, the sum of N500k at the behest of Pres. Buhari, during the contrived certificate issue affecting the then presidential candidate of the APC.
Mr Awodein (SAN) describes the allegation as “malicious, utterly ridiculous, and revolting,” in a statement released today. 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.
Any attempt to sully that reputation is bound to fail, inexorably. Kola Awodein (SAN), reads: “The very simple and plain facts are as follows: “I have known as a friend and for well over 35 years, Justice Ademola.
It is a fact that the sum of money mentioned was personally paid by me as a friend to Mr. Justice Ademola as a personal gift, as our custom well recognizes and demands, on the occasion of his daughter’s High Society wedding solemnized at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, on the 9th of May 2015, which I attended in person.
I was fully convinced then, as I remain today, that I could do no less as a friend of longstanding to fairly reasonably support him on that memorable occasion of his daughter’s wedding.
Anyone who knows me would readily and unquestionably testify that I am and have always been a man of impeccable integrity on and off the Courts and that such a record speaks always loudly for itself.
I would conclude by stating categorically and without any equivocation that ANY link whatsoever with Mr. President, or any court case or cases, of my personal gift to Justice Niyi Ademola 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 very poor and revolting taste and most undeserving of any further comments.”