If not for a confused judiciary, Atiku would have become President — Sani reacts to Diri's Supreme Court victory

Senator Sani said only God understands how Nigeria's judicial system works under Buhari's government.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

/ by National Pivot

It is nightmarish how low the Nigerian judiciary has fallen under the Buhari administration especially when you have to swallow Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba's PEPT ruling that the names "Mohamed Buhari" is the same as "Muhammadu Buhari".

To better understand the confusion in the nation's justice system, a similar case involving APC’s elected lawmaker, Musa Umar Bororo, from Adamawa, was sacked by the States Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, on Monday September 23rd, 2019, over certificate forgery.

Bororo's sack came following what the Tribunal considers as 'inconsistencies' in his names as reflected on different documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Delivering the verdict, Justice Akanbi held that Bororo presented documents with conflicting names to INEC and therefore ruled that “Musa Umar Bororo” was not the same as “Musa Bororo”.

In a recent announcement published by Nigeria's, National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), the agency said Nigerians would have to fork out N15,000 to change dates of birth, while N500 charge for each name changes will apply should there ever be the need to do so. This move by the commission outlines the significance of such information and its attendant consequences which shouldn't be any farther from the forgery cases the nation's judiciary had to deal with following last years elections.

It is no-brainer that a change in name no matter how minute, will generally be recognized as a completely different name to the intended one, and would be treated as such by all organizations both within and outside the country. But in Nigeria, they say miracles do happen, but you'd have to be in the elite gangs to be able to get away with things like this, of course.

The logic applied in ousting Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, and the recent Supreme Court judgment in a case involving David Lyon of the APC and PDP's Douye Diri, following last year's controversial Bayelsa governorship election, is yet another example of inconsistencies in court judgments in the country.

Senator Shehu Sani in his reaction Diri's Supreme Court victory on Twitter, said only God can understand the logic used by the Nigerian justice system to pass judgments.

He said, "In some judgements, certificate of the candidate doesn’t matter; in some judgements, certificate of the candidate matter: Some miracles upon the Kingdom of man are beyond the knowledge of man but of the Lords."

Meanwhile Governor Douye Diri was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State yesterday, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a press statement, called on the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately pull in the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning and prosecution for inciting remarks following Supreme Court's judgment against the APC’s candidate.

The party says the violence and arson being perpetuated by APC agents in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, on Friday, was in furtherance of Oshiomhole’s inciting call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.

It said Oshiomole’s statement was a direct call for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Court and the mandate of the people of Bayelsa state.

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