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Kutigi vows to dispose pending election disputes

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA — The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, is worried over the inability of the judiciary to conclude, by now, various appeals arising from 2007 pre and post-election disputes in the country more than two years after the poll.

The number one judicial officer has consequently vowed to ensure that such pending election disputes are given priority attention in the 2009/2010 legal year which has just kicked off.
Kutigi came to the resolve after discovering that there was a valid appeal pending before the Supreme Court on a pre-election dispute touching on who is the real candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2007 poll into the Uyo Federal constituency seat.

He said there were several of such appeals pending before different courts nationwide which, he said, must be decided promptly.

He said he would give a good example by ensuring that the Supreme Court disposed off within a short time all such cases pending before it in this new legal year.

According to a Deputy Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, who confided in Vanguard yesterday, said the Honourable CJN has directed that the case-file of all pending appeals on election disputes be brought to his office to enable him empanel justices that would hear and decide the cases with finality


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