Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s fate, according to the former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, SAN Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, should be resolved before his inauguration on May 29. In an interview with Arise Tv News, the Senior Advocate claimed that Peter Obi’s decision to wait 180 days after filing a petition for Tinubu’s inauguration was unreasonable.
He made the point that, given the current political environment, the tribunal must rise to the challenge by stating who, legally speaking, actually won the election. Nigerians would be misled into thinking that the tribunal cannot hear an election petition until 180 days have passed, according to The Legal Eagle. He says no one waits for the end of the timeframe…… Continue Reading
He explained that after a petition is submitted, a candidate must be prepared for pre-entry strikes. He said that these tasks could be completed in a week.
He said: ”I’m concerned that the politics is overheated and the way to go is to see if we can get the petitions resolved before May 29th. What is the difficulty about resolving these cases before hand over? There is a certain unfairness for petitioners to challenge a President-elect in Nigeria. Let the Judiciary give it a go and see whether we will not accomplish what I have described in my letter. Nothing in the constitution says you must take the 180 days before tribunal. You can even go on the first day.
Peter Obi filed a petition that Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not be inaugurated, why should he wait for 180 days? We are making a mistake here, nobody waits for the end of the timeline. Once you file your petition, you should be ready to make pre-entry strikes. If I file a petition on Monday, on Tuesday, I will file all my papers and request the court to determine certain jurisdictional questions. The fact that I have 180 days doesn’t mean I should wait till the 179 days. Everybody agrees that the politics are overheated, so we need speed.”