Osibajo Lists Obstacles to Electoral Justice In Nigeria

Yemi Osibajo, Professor of law and former Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General has identified corruption, time limit and the penchant of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to disregard the law as part of the challenges of electoral justice in Nigeria.

He said this while delivering a lecture titled, “Electoral Justice as a Panacea for Peaceful Transition,” at the Alao-Aka Basorun annual lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja, Lagos to mark its 2014 Law Week.

Osibajo said INEC often presents itself as an adversary of the petitioner who would need electoral materials to prove his case.

He added that the 180 days stipulated for electoral matters is too short to prove electoral cases. “It should be amended,” he said.

Monday Ubani, chairman, Ikeja NBA, in his speech stressed that Nigeria will never attain its desired goal if it doesn’t have a credible, free and fair elections.

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