Jonathan Expresses Concern Over Rising Cases Of Election Petitions Tribunal

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed concern over the rising cases of election disputes at the election petitions tribunals, saying the situation has robbed the people of the power to choose their leaders.
He said though the country’s judiciary is made up of reputable judges that are capable of resolving election disputes, the electoral process is now threatened with the courts taking over the power of the people.
Jonathan stated this when he received Bayelsa State governor and chairman of the PDP Peace and Reconciliation, Hon. Seriake Dickson in his country home in Otuoke in Ogbia local government area.
Jonathan noted with concern that the rising cases at the election petition tribunals had limited the people’s participation in the electoral process.,
“ When I was the vice president, a South African deputy president was with me and I was discussing with Ban Kin Moon on whether Africa should give a fixed time for election petitions against president and governors before being sworn in. They may be distracted. He will not seat in the office and start going to court. The constitution gives immunity to governors and president.
“And they are not supposed to be distracted. If a governor or president is sitting and facing litigation costing millions. His performance will be limited. I asked the South African woman present what happens in South Africa. First, she was a bit surprised and said such situation does not happen in South Africa. She said South Africans don’t go to election tribunal after election.
“Here in Nigeria, we have surrendered the power to choose to the courts. When elections are conducted our people manipulate the election. We must return the power of electing our leaders back to the people,” he added.
 
 
Source: News

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