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Conflicting judgments affecting Nigeria’s democracy- Onuesoke

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By Ephraim Oseji

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has ascribed the problem bedevilling democracy in Nigeria to conflicting court judgments.


Onuesoke, who spoke yesterday in Benin-City said conflicting judgments, especially by courts of co-ordinate jurisdiction at the High Court level, were not only creating problems in the electioneering process but also uncertainty in our growing democracy.

He argued that conflicting judgments do not only confuse counsel and lead to uncertainty with regards to the decision, they equally impact negatively on the public perception of the ability to guarantee unequivocal justice.

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The PDP chieftain reiterated that the issue of conflicting judgments arising from pre-election and post-election cases had set Nigerian’s democracy back.

He added that a  case where one court in one judicial division may give judgment on a particular course of action only to be contradicted by another court of coordinate jurisdiction from another division or even within the same division on the same subject matter did not augur well for the development of Nigeria democracy.

“Conflicting court orders are negatively affecting the consistency, neutrality, and public perception. There is, therefore, the urgent need to address the issue of conflicting judgments in order to engender certainty in the electoral process,” he stated.

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