December 1, 2023

Tribunal judgment: Unbundle INEC to birth credible elections – Adegboruwa to FG

Tribunal judgment: Unbundle INEC to birth credible elections – Adegboruwa to FG

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has called for the unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He said INEC must be urgently unbundled to deliver credible elections.

He made the remark in reaction to the tribunal judgment that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s victory.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had dismissed the petitions of presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, challenging Tinubu’s victory.

However, Adegboruwa said the tribunal’s ruling called for a sober reflection, adding that the petitions could have been decided purely on points of law and within a few days of the election.

A statement on his Facebook page reads partly: “There can be no real victory in the resolution of the legal issues by the court when the fabric of our democratic engagements seem to have been hijacked and compromised.

“Part of the lesson in this process is for us to go back and review the electoral process and the litigations following it. INEC, as it is presently constituted, cannot birth any credible election in Nigeria.

“In all, maybe there was too much expectation that the status quo would be upturned, whereas many of the principles of law canvased had long been settled by the apex court.

“While encouraging all parties to continue in towing the paths already defined by law for the ventilation of grievances, we owe Nigeria an urgent duty to dismantle INEC, urgently.”

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