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What Ekiti guber tribunal’s verdict signposts for elections

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Five days to Nigeria’s sixth general election in its Fourth Republic, the recent ruling by Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal holds some rich lessons for the nation’s electoral system.

The people, and not the assizes, should be the final arbiters in democratic elections.

As such the courts exist as control and not clearing houses or validation of electoral processes.

The emphasis on the people is also a warning to ministers and officials in the temple of justice that the ugly verdict of social forces could impeach any disjointed ruling.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, after the Ekiti governorship election of July 14 2018, declared Dr.

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John Kayode Fayemi of All Progressives Congress (APC) winner, having polled 197,450 votes to defeat his closest rival, Prof. Olusola Eleka, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).However, not satisfied with the poll results as announced by INEC, Elekah and PDP petitioned the Ekiti State Governorship Election Tribunal, headed by Justice Suleiman Belgore.

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