The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC has welcomed intervention by the Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed to summon 7 Chief Judges over “conflicting Court Orders emanating from political cases in their jurisdictions.
The umbrella body of all political parties in Nigeria noted that ” conflicting court orders has reached an embarrassing level; pointing out that unless it is checked it will inflict several damage to the political process.
National Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Leonard Nzenwa stated this when he led political parties in a consultative meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in Abuja on Monday.
Nzenwa said while IPAC is worried about lack of ” internal democracy” within political parties; it is even more concerned about the antics of a few unscrupulous lawyers and members of the judiciary who have become willing tools in the hands of those determined to destabilize Nigeria’s democratic processes.
“Conflicting Judgments from
Court of competent jurisdiction in the country on political matters have become embarrassing and theatrical. The pillar to post legal assault on one another and forum shopping by litigants and lawyers is not helping our political processes neither is it conferring any level of dignity on our democratic journey”
IPAC welcomed the intervention of the CJN which it considered as a means to stem the development.
According to IPAC, there are over 30 cases at different courts for adjudication relating to Anambra election alone as at the last count.
The group said ” this shenanigans” must stop with the political parties themselves taking a look at themselves in the mirror and do better.
“Indeed, we have looked at ourselves in the mirror and done deep introspection that we as political parties can do better than we are currently doing. No entity or individual would make any meaningful progress when pulled on all sides by legal ambushment as currently faced by many political parties and the Commission”.
On the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election, IPAC asked INEC to deploy its best hands and prove to the world its readiness to enthrone true democracy in Nigeria.
The expressed its disappointment over the rejection of Electronic Transmission of Results by the National Assembly and called on INEC to continue to insist on its capability to deliver on an arrangement it said will redefine positively Nigrria’s electoral system for good.
“Outrage over rejection of electronic transfer of election results bill that would have motivated the Commission and the political parties to do more which is still smoldering in the country is understandably. But we are glad that the bill is still within the concave of the National Assembly for harmonization by both chambers and urge all stakeholders to still persuade our elected representatives to listen to the voice of the people and support electronic transfer of election results”.