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2020, A Year Of Judicial Turnaround

By Ekong Okpa

The Supreme Court Judgment on the Imo State Governorship election which sacked former governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) installing Hope Ozordinma of the All Progressives Party (APC) should be seen as victory for democracy, the court, and the litigants as well as victory for the society.

The timeline of the famous judgment is highly commendable as the judicial system seem to witness a departure from recent times where court judgments on election matters span beyond duration of three years before judgments are delivered.

 The judicial turnaround gives credence to the judicial titans of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed.

 Recall the melodrama in the judicial system of recent past where pending cases were over delayed at the election tribunals due to interlocutory and exparte motions. Regrettably, judgments in some States were delivered as mere academic exercise as both defence and prosecuting counsels waste the precarious time of the courts.

However, the unanimous decision of the 7-man panel is no doubt an antithesis of stolen mandates since it would remain a reference material in Nigeria Law Report of Supreme Court Judgments.

It would be more rewarding for Imo Sons and Daughters to come to terms and celebrate the court judgment in the interest of the overall development of the state irrespective of party affiliations, and the  vanquish should develop sportsmanship and go back to the political drawing board.

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