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Supreme Court rulings on states guber elections: Reflections

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“They went to court saying no elections held on one hand while providing evidence that elections held on the other hand by giving a breakdown of the votes cast.” – Author

As sad as we may all feel now, we would ask our people who are discharging friendly fires over the judgements of the Supreme Courts regarding the conduct of elections in some States to pause and think “Change”.

They need to look beyond their anger to understand that what they see as political naivety on the part of President Buhari is an indication that we have a democrat as a leader. A change proponent and an advocate of positive change. That’s who Nigerians voted.

“Change” means we must do things differently and that includes that the Executive respects the independence of the Judiciary as well as the Legislative.

They feel the decisions of the Supreme Court to maintain the status quo by siding with the decisions of INEC in these states, could have been swayed by President Buhari putting a call through to the Supreme Court.

As we see it, the main problem here is that our people who went to court in some of the affected states did not understand what we mean when we say that change is here.

They went to court saying no elections held on one hand while providing evidence that elections held on the other hand by giving a breakdown of the votes cast.

What they could have done was isolate areas of violence and make concrete cases. 

The era when you go to court to file cases making superfluous allegations that cannot hold in court and hoping the President would put a call through to the Supreme Court, are over. Let’s all learn.

What I would expect the Supreme Court to do is to recommend the trial of those who used Violence to win the elections. Like that, all those violent men who now sit easy as governors of their states would be brought to justice.

I am proud that President Buhari has minded his business putting his nose out of the affairs of the Judiciary. That’s what Change is about. That’s what true democracy dictates. 

Lauretta Onochie, @Laurestar


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