NJC PROBE: MTN Did Not And Cannot Disown call logs

By Lere Olayinka

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wishes to caution certain sections of the media against misrepresentation of facts that emerged from the proceedings of the probe Panel set up by the National Judicial Council

(NJC) on allegations of malpractices in the handling of Osun and Ekiti states governorship Appeals.

Reports carried by some of these newspapers, whose affiliation is well known, in their Friday, 10th June, 2011 editions, to the effect that MTN and the National Security Adviser (NSA) "disowned" the call logs before the Panel, amount to deliberate falsehood; released by those afraid of justice, in order to mislead members of the public.

The said reports were not only false, but they were also cleverly crafted by the ACN on behalf of Justice Ayo Salami to blackmail, intimidate and put the Panel in a tight corner, as it seeks to do justice in the matters before it.

One of the newspapers even attributed its story to the National Security Adviser (NSA) who did not appear before the Panel on the day in question. The NSA appeared almost a month ago to tender call logs of Justice Salami and some other telephone subscribers - made available to his office by MTN and other service providers (see his letter to the NJC).

Indeed, the MTN manager brought by Justice Salami on Thursday 9th June, 2011 confirmed during cross examination, that MTN supplied the call logs to the NSA, and the witness was further made to compare and confirm that the contents of the logs supplied by us were the same as the ones tendered by the NSA.

Significantly, MTN's representative could not have disclaimed the call logs; knowing full well that there are documents before the Panel, which incontrovertibly showed that the logs are genuine. Even Justice Salami himself confirmed in his written response that he spoke with at least one of the people mentioned in our petition.

Also, on June 1st, 2011, Justice Salami brought as witness, Kebbi State ACN governorship candidate, Turaki Kabiru Tanimu - who admitted before the Panel that he exchanged text messages with Justice Salami at 4 a.m on Friday 26th November, 2010 - the day the Osun judgement was delivered.

As for the ACN in Ekiti and Osun states, which has started celebrating the falsehood released by its megaphones, it should endeavour to ask its links in MTN, the content of a letter, reference number CR:3000/LS/AG/ V.14/81 dated 1st February, 2011; authored by MTN's Commercial Legal Department, with the title: RE: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON NUMBERS 08034004887 AND 08034010700. That information alone, should tell ACN that any celebratory posturing is obviously misplaced.

We urge the media to be wary of characters who, in their desperate attempt to further pollute the stream of justice, plant fallacious stories in partisan newspapers.

For the avoidance of doubt, PDP is not in the business of forging documents. Those who are master forgers know themselves and the whole world knows them.

We publish the following letters from the NSA and the SSS to the NJC panel (already exhibits before the panel) for a better understanding of the situation by members of the public.

Chief Bola Olu-Ojo
Chairman, Ekiti State PDP.