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
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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.