2023 Presidential Election, Time To Redeem and Rejuvenate Integrity of The Judiciary, Apex Court in Particular -By Ifeoma Geraldine Ihesie Esq.

It is a general saying that the Judiciary is the last hope of a common man.

 

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer. as expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his seminal work Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.

The Will of the people should be considered paramount.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people and  for the people.

“That these dead shall not have died in vain– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863) It is one of the best known speeches …”.

Section 6 (1)and (2) of the 1999 constitution as (as amended) state as follow;

(1) The judicial powers of the Federation shall be vested in the courts to which this section relates, being courts established for the Federation.

(2) The judicial powers of a State shall be vested in the courts to which this section relates, being courts established, subject as provided by this Constitution, for a State

The constitution vested  the Judicial powers of the federation and state in the Judiciary, to that extent, the Judiciary has exclusive, unfettered and independent powers to adjudicate on matters without the interferences of the executive arm of government directly or indirectly no matter the financial influences involved.

May I respectfully refresh the minds of our honorable sitting judges, the agonies and humiliations their brother judges were inflicted by the present administration of APC government.

It’s a saying that when a corrupt man is installed in a government, the system itself becomes corrupt.

Section 6 of the 1999 constitution has charged the Judiciary with the following functions:

To Give Justice to the People: …

Interpretation and Application of Laws:

Role in Law-Making:

Equity Legislation:

Protection of Rights:

Guardian of the Constitution:

Power to Get Its Decisions and Judgments Enforced:

Special Role in a Federation:

 

In the light of the above functions as enumerated, the people are demanding for justice from the Judiciary because their mandates massively given to their preferred candidate were deliberately and corruptly allocated to another candidate.

The Electoral Act was boycotted and violated by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC). He derogated from the election guidelines he provided pursuant to 2023 election.

I thereby appeal to the conscience of the ministers of the judiciary (Judges) to endeavor to ensure that justice is  dispensed without fear or favour in relinquishing the mandate of the people to their preferred candidate.

The INEC Chairman should be preparing himself to have breakfast with Abba Kyari in the correctional Centers.

No one is above the law, that is the keystone of Rule of Law.

I Rest my case.

 

Ifeoma Geraldine Ihesie Esq.

 


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