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EU Report: Nigeria Supreme Court’s Decision Raise Concerns and Sparks Controversy

In a recent report released by the European Union (EU), concerns were raised over the Supreme Court’s Decision in Nigeria. Its decision to overturn two lower court judgments on technical grounds raised grounds for concern.

The ruling resulted in the replacement of a registered senatorial candidate with another high-profile candidate, Senate President Ahmad Lawan. This decision has sparked widespread criticism from various stakeholders who argue that Lawan, who previously failed in a bid for the presidency, never participated in legitimate primaries for the Senate race.

The ruling undermines the democratic process by disregarding the established rules and procedures for candidate selection and nomination. They believe that such a decision by Supreme Court sets a dangerous precedent and erodes public trust in the judiciary.

The Supreme Court’s decision was met with dismay and raised concerns about the transparency and integrity of the Nigerian judicial system.

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Stakeholders have voiced their discontent, expressing their disappointment in the Supreme Court’s ruling. They contend that the decision disregards the principles of fair competition and equitable representation.

Many argue that it undermines efforts to establish a level playing field for all candidates and reinforces a system that favors influential political figures over qualified individuals who have followed due process.

However, the controversy surrounding this ruling has further contributed to the negative perception of both the judiciary and political litigants among many interlocutors of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM). The EU EOM, tasked with monitoring and evaluating the electoral process, expressed concern over the potential impact of this decision on the credibility and public confidence in the country’s democratic institutions.

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The EU EOM emphasized the importance of an impartial and transparent judiciary in ensuring fair and credible elections. It called for a comprehensive review of the candidate selection process and urged political parties to adhere to established electoral guidelines. The EU EOM’s report highlighted the need for greater legal awareness and a commitment to democratic principles to avoid undermining the legitimacy of the electoral process.

The EU, EOM quoted in their report:

“The Supreme Court came in for scrutiny on 6 February after it overturned two lower courts judgments on technical grounds, leading to replacement of a registered senatorial candidate, with another high profile candidate, Senate President Ahmad Lawan. Stakeholders decried the decision declaring Lawan, who failed in a presidential race bid, never participated in legitimate primaries for the Senate race.”

EU Report: Nigeria Supreme Court's Decision Raise Concerns and Sparks Controversy
EU Report: Nigeria Supreme Court’s Decision Raise Concerns and Sparks Controversy

” The Supreme Court countered, denouncing a lack of legal awareness and berating the conduct of political parties and lawyers. Such matters, nonetheless, contributed to further negative perception of both the judiciary and political litigants among many EU EOM interlocutors.” The EU EOM added.


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Just as Nigerians awoke to the news that Bola Ahmed Tinubu had been declared winner under dubious circumstances, undermining important constitutional provisions, one of which is the 25% in the two-thirds states AND the FCT, It felt like deja vu waking up on Monday, June 26th, to find Polling Unit Results that were previously visible to everyone who went to the IREV portal missing.

“My attention was drawn to the IREV this evening, and it appears that INEC has disabled viewing of many PU results in the FCT, Abuja,” tweeted General Oluchi, a vocal Obidient. I’m not sure how many states are impacted. If you are able, please check your state.

The results of polling units in Kwali Ward, Yangoji, Pai Ward 3, Kilankwa, Dafa, and other areas are no longer available on IREV.

In the early hours of Monday, I wondered, “What is INEC up to?” Other Nigerians, both in the FCT and elsewhere in the country, corroborated the same.

Certain data professionals (who had testified for LP in the ongoing PEPT) opted to look into the clamour within 24 hours, and the results are as follows:

As of 11 p.m. CAT, there were 1,681 disabled results out of a total of 2,644 polling units in the FCT, or approximately 63.6%.

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