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Ex-Lagos AG foresees 2015 election crisis

02 May 2014, 17:04

Lagos - A former Attorney General of Lagos State warned the provisions for the conclusion of all electoral petition cases as provided for in the new Electoral Act was capable of causing crisis in the coming election.

Prof. Yemi Osibanjo said the 180 days was “unrealistic.”

“All a lawyer needs to do to frustrate the system is to file appeals and counter appeals on trivial issues. Such appeals would now be taken up till the Supreme Court. It is a clever ways of making sure that the 180 days elapses and the matter would be struck out based on that. This is bad for the system and must be reviewed,” he said at a memorial lecture in honour of the late former chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Aka Bashorun.

The law professor said it is unrealistic to conclude an election petition in 180 days with the current slow case adjudication system in the country.

He warned that if the 180 days provision was not revised, there may be crisis is the 2015 election.

He said that several election petition matters at the last general elections were lost because the 180 days had elapsed.

“Such appeals have proven to be a perfect tactics in effectively slowing down the trial period and defeating the 180 days conclusion period,” he said.

He called on government and the National Assembly to urgently take steps to amend that section of the Electoral Act to avert “crisis” in the coming election.

– CAJ News

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