Date Published: 08/12/11
Re: Judicial Scandal: How Andy Uba bought Anambra National Assembly Tribunal By Kenneth Arinze
We read with utter dismay your recent postings with the title above
stated. It was a great shock to us as the entire content is not only
spurious but malicious and libelous. It was simply a calculated and
devious attempt to slander the person of Senator Andy Uba, (OFR).
In your report, you made such an unbelievable attempt to defame the
eminent judges that sat at the Anambra State National Assembly Election
Tribunal by shockingly claiming that they were induced by Senator Andy Uba
to tilt judgment in his favour. For this reason, according to your report,
the Honorable president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami,
dissolved the panel.
This is no doubt a robust lie and sheer figment of the writer’s
imaginations as Justice Salami did not attribute the dissolution of the
panel to a bribery question.
Your report claimed that some of the tribunal members were met at a hotel
in Abuja where the purported bribe was delivered and went further to state
that one of the judges was caught in the act. Yet you couldn’t name who
gave him this bribe or how much he received.
There is no doubt that your publication was instigated by Senator Uba’s
opponents with a diabolical intention to subject him to outrageous infamy
and ridicule his palpable victory at the polls.
But this will not in any way diminish his awesome popularity among the
people of his senatorial district who trooped out en mass and voted
overwhelmingly for him during the election.
Senator Uba has absolutely no reason to compromise the respectable jurists
at the tribunal and certainly did not meet any of them at any place. That
your Publication could not give the name of the person that gave this so
called bribe or how much was given leaves the entire story porous and
Professionalism in your media art demands that you investigate story
properly and get the two sides to every subject. In this case, you have
only offered your organization as a platform for negative minded political
adventurists whose sole ambition in politics seems to be simply to pull
down or destroy Senator Andy Uba.
We will therefore advise you to be more thorough in your quest for
sizzling stories so that whatever credibility you have left will not be
We will not bother, for now, to address the catalogue of defamatory tales
you published in this singular story. At the appropriate time, we shall
respond adequately to them.
Here is wishing you all the best even as we urge you to adhere yourselves
to a more responsible and professional journalism. That way you can raise
the profile of your organization and win the respect of serious minds and
people within and outside Nigeria.
To Senator Andy Uba