Amend Nigeria's Electoral law, Supreme Court Justice Sends Message to Lawmakers

Amend Nigeria's Electoral law, Supreme Court Justice Sends Message to Lawmakers

- There is a need to amend Nigeria's electoral act according to Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour

- According to him, the burden of proof must be for INEC to prove it conducted a free and fair election

- Meanwhile, he lamented that corruption is still deep-rooted in the country

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Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour has called on the National Assembly to amend Nigeria’s Electoral Act.

According to him, this will shift the burden of proof on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He disclosed this at a valedictory court session held in his honour at the Supreme Court complex, on Monday, March 22.

Going further, he faulted the way elections are conducted in the country, lamenting that they are protracted because the stakes are too high.

Amend Nigeria's Electoral law, Supreme Court Justice Sends Message to Lawmakers
Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, has called for the amendment of the country’s Electoral Act. Photo: @yusufidowuideal
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He also declared that corruption is still deeply rooted in Nigeria like any other country in the world.

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According to the apex court Justice who bowed out of the bench, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years, corruption must be tackled headlong through, Tribune added.

Meanwhile, had reported that the rise in terrorists’ activities, banditry, and abductions across the country has become a source of concern for a lot of Nigerians.

In light of this, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), the minister of defence, insinuated that Nigeria is in a critical situation.

Magashi made the disclosure at a National Defence and Security Summit organised by the Defence Headquarters on Monday, March 22.

In another report, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state on Saturday, March 20, called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south-south.

The Edo governor made this call in Benin, the state capital, at a reception ceremony to honour Chief Dan Orbih, PDP's new national chairman for the region, Daily Trust reports.

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Obaseki said it will amount to equity and fairness if the south-south is allowed to produce Nigeria's next president.

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Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.


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