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Judge Warns Politicians Against Turning Court To Playground

Federal High Court Asaba

By Jessica Tamaraduoye, Asaba

A judge of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta state, Justice Olatunregun Ishola, has warned politicians against bringing trivial matters to court.

The judge made this known when she delivered judgement in a case brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the last governorship election, seeking to disqualify the candidates of three political parties – All Progressives Congress, Accord Party and Labour Party.

The PDP had approached the court to nullify the candidature of the three parties because they violated the section of Electoral Act that stipulates that parties must notify Independent National Electoral Commission 21 days before holding “any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified under this act.”

Dismissing the case, the judge said while the plaintiff’s case had merit, it did not show enough evidence to prove its rights had been violated and warned the parties to desist from using the court as a “playground”, adding that they should take their case to the state Election Petition Tribunal.

Akinnolu Timothy Kehinde, cousel to the PDP, said the judgement would be looked at and a decision made afterwards.


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