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Tribunal: INEC cannot birth credible elections, unless unbundled – Adegboruwa



Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN
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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot ‘birth’ credible elections in the country unless the body is unbundled, Legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) while reacting to the tribunal judgment that upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu, Adegboruwa discussed that INEC must be unbundled and dismantled urgently.

His words: “verdict should be a reason for sober reflection by all, especially for the parties in court, their lawyers and all lovers of democracy, the petitions could have been decided purely on points of law and within few days of the election.

There can be no real victory in the resolution of the legal issues by the court when the fabric of our democratic engagements seem to have been hijacked and compromised. Part of the lesson in this process is for us to go back and review the electoral process and the litigations following it.

INEC as it is presently constituted cannot birth any credible election in Nigeria.

There was too much expectation that the status quo will be upturned, whereas many of the principles of law canvased had long been settled by the apex court.

The principles of presumption of regularity of elections and that of substantial conformity make it extremely difficult to prosecute elections successfully.

In this particular case, the burden placed upon the petitioners in order to upturn the election was practically insurmountable. To make matters worse, INEC practically fought the petitioners to a standstill.
“I honestly don’t think anyone expected a different verdict from what was delivered in Abuja yesterday, particularly the lawyers.
The tension was completely unnecessary he added.

 National Daily Newspaper earlier reported earlier that the five-man tribunal panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani on Wednesday upheld the election of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 poll.

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