The Supreme Court on February 14 shocked the nation by its decision on the Bayelsa pre-election petition in which it nullified the declaration of the APC candidate, David Lyon as governor-elect, and ordered his replacement with the next candidate with highest votes and geographical spread.
By the verdict, the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri who polled 143,172 votes to take second position behind APC’s Lyon with 352,552 votes was declared the rightful governor-elect and sworn-in shortly. APC’s votes were consequently categorised as wasted votes. By implication, only a total of 149,999 people representing valid votes determined the destiny of Bayelsans.
The second was that the mess resulted from Lyon’s running-mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who presented controversial information to INEC among his requirement for the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state. In other words, the sacked governor-elect suffered shared liability on account of their joint ticket. Thus, by the sins of his deputy, Lyon’s joy was cut short.
What is required in Bayelsa verdict is the highest degree of sensitivity, otherwise, it could set a wrong precedent. Thus, the apex court has accepted to revisit the verdict – worrisome, Nonetheless, the apex court may now have to be reviewing its decisions, meaning that an end to litigation may henceforth become a myth.
But looking at the Imo and Bayelsa verdicts, could the apex court eventually reverse its decision in any of the matters? Though, it is rarely done, nevertheless, it isn’t impossible. “Justice must not only be done but seen to be done” as held in R v Sussex, ex parte McCarthy (1924) 1 KB 256, (1923) All ER Rep 233 by Lord Hewart CJ is a guiding principle in legal jurisprudence. But unlike the Imo case, the Bayelsa verdict stands a chance of being reversed based on merit.
On the Bayelsa verdict, the line the Justice Mary Peter-Odili-led panel toed may trigger off crisis if not thoroughly reconsidered. The decision of the Court of Appeal was profoundly clearer and more logical. For instance, there’s no law that prohibits persons from change of names. Presently, the only requirements are affidavit and publication. That’s the law. The number of times is persuasive but not law. No doubt, it doesn’t reflect decency to have numerous affidavits for change of names; albeit no law has specified the number of times a person could change his name.
In other words, the ideal action would have been to markedly highlight it as disgusting, uncivilized, reckless and a sarcastic innuendo by obiter dictum (statement by the way) in the course of the judgement. The requirements for a change of name was met by the affidavits and publications adduced. Had it been a substantial evidence indicated forgery, then it would be a different ball game. Unfortunately, none, and the court cannot form an impression from the sky or mere assumptions. Thus, emotions substantially prevailed at the expense of law.
Beyond that, the ugly implication is that by the apex court’s pathway, affidavits for change of names may henceforth be accepted by discretion. Sadly, it will affect too many persons, including the innocent, especially as the court didn’t categorically state the number permissible for change of names. This is because Nigeria is a developing and religious nation where people change their names for one reason or the other.
Without a doubt, some had changed or modified their middle names and later as a family did same on the surnames on account of religious beliefs and civilization. Will such people now become criminals and disqualified for public office over such developments without any lawful indictment? An unassertive quest respectfully from their Lordships.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Have A Choice To Make History – Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa
As things stand, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu have a date in court over 700Million fraud. As a matter of fact, he will soon appear in court over 700Million fraud case.
However, Should Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu decides to go court to challenge the People’s Mandate freely given to the Digital Governor Godwin Obaseki, then Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be going to court simultaneously.
Firstly, to face the 700Million fraud charges.
Secondly, to challenge Edo People’s Mandate. Evidently, Edo people are ready to defend their vote, any time any where.
I really feel for him!
I would advise him to tour the path of honour and concede defeat in the interest of Edo people who have spoken through the ballot and focus on the 700Million fraud case. So that he can concentrate more on the matter to vindicate himself-if possible.
Edo people are keenly watching.This is the time Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu advisers need to mentor their Boss to do the right thing.
Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa writes from Abuja
Buhari Will Surely Pay For His Act Of Betrayal To The Progressive Family – Ahmed Yak
The party lost the governorship election in Edo state Because of many factors which includes amongst Others the mule in the party, The cabal that comrade steps on their toes in his determination to bring orderliness to the party and the president policy makers who are aware that the party have two election in Edo and Ondo states with others vacant seats in both houses to be contested.
The policy makers refused to feel and tell the president the pulse of the nation with the increase in fuel pump price and electricity . Increase in all agriculture products Rice, bread, sugar and all consumable items.
The policy makers are not sincere with the president or would it be the president having achieved is most cherish ambition of becoming the President and commander in chief care less of the abused we silent majority that supported him and APC go through daily.
The trauma we go through everyday by those who knows us as the supporters of this administration. The president abandoned all the people that worked for him because he has gotten what he wanted?
We expect him to emulate the USA Presidents past and present who use their Leadership postion to canvas for votes from voters for their party candidates in all house and other elections after-all we practice same model as that of USA.
Even our past president did same in Nigeria. We are not encouraging rigging but the president body language has to show this is my party my choice.
Even when Obaseki refused to sworn in elected representative, and house of reps and Senate were deciding options on the table the president did not say a word to let the whole world knows that we in Nigeria do not practice democracy.
without separation of powers This are national issues the president has to let his position to be known.
Comrade Oshomole was all over the place during the presidential election.
He step on many cabal toes in bid to re arrange the party for dicipline and accountability.
Asiwaju make sure he delivered his own States this made him enemy of the South East and South South who wants his support as he did for former president Jonathan to continue but Asiwaju make sure the president is elected and re elected now both Asiwaju and comrade were left by the president to carry their cross.
In all, we remain focused as Progressives and we will continue to support the Progressive family. Every one of us will be remember by our actions,deed and legacy.
Maiwada Lauds President Buhari For Giving Edo State A Free And Fair Election
PDP is in a dilemma. Haven accused APC/Buhari of sending 30,000 policemen to rig the Edo elections and, with Governor Obaseki leading with a comfortable margin so far, will PDP eat its vomit and commend President Buhari’s sportsmanship or will it just pretend it didn’t misled Nigerians by painting as evil President Buhari’s patriotic gesture to provide a conducive atmosphere for Edo citizens to exercise their rights to vote for leaders in as free and fair manner as humanly possible?
Given the tension generated by the Edo election, most citizens fairly believed its going to be bloody with possibly dead bodies matching votes casted. This was averted by President Buhari’s proactive response to the situation. He didn’t allow the desperation and “do or die” tendencies of local APC chieftains to override public peace and safety. He pledged, ensured and enforced fairness so much so that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a leading figure in the PDP team, extolled his integrity and commended his insistence and success to conduct perhaps, the freest election in the history of Edo Stats.
This, in case PDP will still miss it, is the CHANGE President Buhari promised Nigerians. Change from the old ways of doing things on which PDP flourished — something it’s still struggling to comprehend much less, accept. Claims of once being the biggest political party in Africa and all, PDP is yet to understand the concept of one-man-one-vote much less, make sense of a ruling party allowing the opposition to win a critical state. The yet to be concluded Edo election will never happened the way it did under PDP.
PDP is so used to using security agencies to harass and intimidate Nigerians just to rig elections hence, the cries of wolf where there’s none when Buhari flooded Edo with security agents from different agencies to give Edolites a free and fair election. If APC is unable to pull a rabbit out its hat and Governor Obaseki sail home to victory, I hope PDP will be humble to apologize to President Buhari for giving them what they denied Nigerians for almost two decades.
Regardless of where it swings, Edo elections is a win-win for President Buhari. Either for winning the election or for, once again, writing his name in gold for being a President who is not shy to implement his character regardless of whose ox is gored!
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