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Senator advocates statutory penalty, compensation for unwarranted law suits

01 October 2015, 18:25

Abuja - Sen. Fatimat Raji-Rasaki (PDP-Ekiti Central) has advocated stiff penalty for people who go to court over false allegations thereby wasting the time of the court, taxpayers’ money and money of the defendant.

Raji-Rasaki spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday on the hills of her victory in the Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Ekiti.

She said that the tribunal had on Wednesday dismissed the case challenging her victory at the polls for lack of substance, adding that there should be laws to punish those who intentionally wasted the time of the court.

Raji-Rasaki insisted that her contenders at the tribunal knew quite well that there was no case but went ahead to challenge her victory at the polls.

She acknowledged that although it was the right of all Nigerians to seek redress in court, there should be some restrictions to avoid fragrant abuse of such rights.

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"How can someone, from PDC, a party that was not known by anybody, he did not paste posters, he did not campaign and yet he wants to be declared winner by the tribunal he did not attend.

"The APC candidate contested with me but he also knew that the election was not marred with any irregularity yet he went to court but the judges went indepth and found the allegations unfounded.

"As a lawyer, I think we should find a way so that when you don’t have a genuine case, at the end of the day, you are wasting the time and money of your opponent you should pay a compensation to the person you took to court.

"Some politicians know that their cases do not hold water but they will still go to court to try and in the process, waste peoples time and money; they should pay dearly for it,” Raji -Rasaki said.

She insisted that if cases were just struck out without any punishment or fine for wasting the time of the court, then people would continue to go to court when there was no case.

Raji-Rasaki expressed gratitude to God, the tribunal and to the people of her senatorial district for upholding her victory in the polls.

"I feel so happy after all the sleepless night, it has been so time and money consuming so I am so happy and I thank God because my victory has justified the whole time spent and money wasted," she said.

Raji-Rasaki urged Nigerians marking the country’s 55th independence to be the change that they wanted to see, insisting that actual change would begin with each individual citizen.



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