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March 9, 2012
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  1. March 10, 2012 00:03

    I have now read the Supreme Court’s judgment of the Delta State Governorship election dispute. It was a majority decision of four justices as against one possible dissension. The dissenting view is not disclosed in the judgment. What the four justices have said, in summary, is that the entire judgment of the Court of Appeal is null and void as it was done without jurisdiction, that is, both the decision and the reason should have been given together and in any event within 60 days of the decision of the Tribunal. It therefore follows that an appeal could not validly come to the Supreme court over a Court of Appeal non-existent judgment. My view is that this is a load of rubbish. Judgment given with wholly unsustainable reasons is as good as judgment given without reasons reasons. if you can appeal the one, you can appeal the other. If the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the one, then, it certainly has jurisdiction over the other. Even if the majority view is correct, the Supreme Court cannot perpetuate injustice by hiding behind sheer technicalities!

  2. March 10, 2012 15:59

    ‘Novwe Ikie WROTE-
    The Supreme Court of Justice of Nigeria or the Supreme Court of Injustice of Nigeria?
    The Supreme Court by its recent rulings in a host of governorship election disputes has effectively re-written the law and denied aggrieved parties rights of appeal beyond the Election Tribunals. Ordinarily, appeals were supposed to proceed from the Tribunals to the Court of Appeal and finally to the Supreme Court. However, with the Court of Appeal either deliberately or otherwise doing the unlawful acts of separating their reasons from their judgment, caused their actions to be nullified. With the Supreme Court declining jurisdiction, the Tribunal decisions became unappealed by default. Was this absurdity or injustice intended by the drafters of our constitution?

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