Election petition cases should be handled by experts -Lawyer
An Abuja-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Solo Akuma, has advocated the handling of election petitions by experts in that field of law.
Akuma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that experts handling the cases would facilitate quick dispensation of justice.
The senior advocate reasoned that election petitions were not the conventional matters that were dealt with on a daily basis by the courts.
“Election petition cases are special areas of law. It is not every legal practitioner that can do it well.
“It is left for litigants that want to embark on election petition to contact a lawyer that is vast in that area to handle their cases,’’ he said.
He said that the decision of the Court of Appeals in the country on election petitions were “a clear demonstration of justice in the judiciary’’.
In the same vein, Mr Stan Ofoma, another lawyer, told NAN that the judiciary rendered justice to the masses without fear, favour, affliction or ill-will.
Ofoma said that court justice should be well appreciated by the ordinary man in the street and from the standpoint of the law.
He said that the judiciary had been in the eye-of the-storm in recent times, and attributed it to political influences.
“Nevertheless, the judiciary has been in the forefront of late, we hear of judgments here and there everyday; they give judgment on the same issue, even though it is not the same case.
“Every other day we hear that this court has given judgment on one issue, our brother court is giving a different judgment on the same issue even though it is not the same particulars.
“It is a cause for concern.’’
He, however, expressed optimism that in 2016 both the bench and the bar would render its duties sacredly to the society.
“I want to believe that this year, God willing, the judiciary both the bench and the bar will realise our sacred duties to ourselves as individuals and to the society.