El-Rufai’s Acquittal Calculated to Avert Likely Criticism of Supreme Court Ruling on Bode George
The Dec. 13 discharge and acquittal of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by an Abuja High Court on charges of corruption and abuse of office during his tenure coincided with a similar judgment at the Supreme Court that nullified the conviction of ruling party chieftain Chief Bode George.
Abusidiqu learnt from a reliable source that there was no coincidence between the two judgments delivered on the same day. It was a high stake game of deceit by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to checkmate what would have been another bout of criticism of the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, following George’s acquittal.
The Jonathan administration, wary of a backlash from the All Progressives Congress-led opposition over the Bode George’s judgment, arranged to set El-Rufai free to neutralise any criticism of the judiciary that have come under public scrutiny following series of questionable rulings.
While it remains unclear what direction of Friday’s judgment that discharged El-rufai would take, Abusidiqu gathered that it wouldn’t have been delivered on the same day the Supreme Court quashed the corruption conviction of Bode George.
Mallam El-Rufai had in his response to the judgment on Friday welcome the verdict of the court to discharge and acquit him, saying “it is a vindication he never doubted will come, confident in his innocence and the integrity with which he served this country.”
Having achieved the aim of blackmailing El-rufai and the opposition with his judgment coinciding with that of Bode George, Abusidiqu further learnt that the presidency may any moment from now ask the prosecuting agency, EFCC to file an appeal against the court ruling depending on the disposition of the former FCT minister to the Jonathan administration which he has relentlessly criticised.
El-Rufai, who is currently the Deputy National Secretary of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC had been standing trial since 2008 and was re-arraigned in April, 2011 by the EFCC alongside two others for allegedly re-allocating two plots of land previously allocated to the PHCN and NIPOST to his family and associates.
Others charged with him on an eight count charge are: the former Director General of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Altine Jubril and the former General Manager, AGIS Ismaila Iro.
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