Tuesday 3 April 2007

INEC can, Atiku can

A court tussle begins

If ever you really wanted to muddle up something, you get the lawyers and courts involved - Sorry wigs, the evidence is there, every time.

So, earlier today an appeal court ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could bar candidates from running in the elections taking place this month, which some read as a blow to the ambitions of the Vice President to contest as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress.

Now, the Federal High Court has said that INEC must allow the Vice President to run in the April elections.

The interesting part is that the appeal court is somewhat superior to the Federal High Court, but as the latter's decision comes after the former, one does wonder where the trick of this big conundrum would unravel.

If courts have to take on each other, then Nigeria has really evolved to a higher state of legal jurisprudence, it is worth looking at this very closely.

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