Bayelsa: Of Court's Decision On APC By Ebun - Olu Adegboruwa - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bayelsa: Of Court's Decision On APC By Ebun - Olu Adegboruwa


How I wish the judiciary would be more cautious in matters of elections.

The issue of who represents a party in an election or the capacity of a candidate to participate in an election should be left for the political parties. 

I’m worried with the intervention of the courts in matters that should ordinarily be the internal affairs of the political parties.

These cases expose the judiciary unduly and so they should be avoided.

Elections to determine the Governor of a State should not be based on technicalities of judicial disqualification. Let the people choose their leaders.

I’m unable to agree with the decision of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa that that APC has no candidate in the forthcoming governorship elections.


Just tonight, on prime time television (Channels) programme monitored by me in Lagos, the Hon Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipriye Silva, described a sitting judge of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa Division, Hon Justice Ekwo as a “bad egg that deserves to be flushed out of the judiciary.”

Mr Timipriye Silva is not a party to the case pending before the court and he is not a lawyer to any of the parties. Even at that, it is uncouth and undignified for a serving Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to descend so low in employing gutter language against a sitting judge.

It is the greatest act of contempt against the authority and integrity of the judiciary for a citizen to describe a judicial officer as a bad egg all because a judgment was delivered by the said judge which is considered unfavorable and for which an appeal has already been filed.

We cannot sit by and watch this flagrant desecration of the temple of justice by people who should serve as role models for others.

I therefore urge the Nigerian Bar Association, the National Judicial Council and the Hon Chief Justice of Nigeria, to proceed against Mr Timipriye Silva urgently, until such a time that he is able to purge himself of the contempt brazenly committed against His Lordship, in the due exercise of a judicial function.

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN
Lekki,  Lagos
November 14, 2019

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