Nigeria’s Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied plans to influence an appeal court case involving a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu and the party.

Some Nigerian newspapers Wednesday quoted a PDP chieftain in the state alleging that the former president had secured an assurance to influence the outcome of an appeal case pending before the court in Lagos.

In a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Vitalis Ortese, Obasanjo described the allegation as “a tissue of lies.”

The statement reads: “The attention of H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been drawn to an allegation published on page 12 in the Punch Newspapers of Thursday 17 January 2013, and on page 62 of The Nation of the same date, that one ‘Adebayo Dayo’ in a petition dated January 15, 2013 and addressed to the President of the Court of Appeal, alleged that the former President had through his lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola secured an assurance from the Presiding Justice of the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court to influence the outcome of an appeal pending before it in Lagos.

“The allegation is nothing but a tissue of lies and Obasanjo has nothing to do with the case in question.”

Ortese emphasized that Obasanjo has nothing to do with the case and has neither spoken with Chief Afe Babalola on any such case nor given him any money to ever give to any judge in respect of the case.

“This type of lies is propagated by despicable characters like Adebayo Dayo and Buruji Kasamu who peddle falsehood in the hope of sustaining baseless cases and allegations for the most regrettable and deplorable reasons,” he added.

—Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta