Falana Reacts to Supreme Court’s Verdict Affirming Tinubu’s Victory in 2023 Polls

Falana Reacts to Supreme Court’s Verdict Affirming Tinubu’s Victory in 2023 Polls

  • Human rights lawyer and senior advocate Femi Falana has reacted to the Supreme Court verdict favouring President Bola Tinubu
  • Falana stated that the judiciary is not supposed to determine the winner of an election if INEC get their act right
  • He stated the outcome of the 2023 general election is a testament that Nigeria has a long way to go in its electoral system

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil society, courts and metro

Femi Falana (SAN) has stated that the judiciary should not determine the results of elections in Nigeria if the electoral body gets its act together.

The respected senior lawyer stated this on Friday, October 27, during an interview on Channels TV prime time programme "Politics Today".

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The Supreme Court on Thursday, 26, affirmed President Bola Tinubu, winner of the 2023 polls. Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Femi Falana
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Falana's comment was in response to the question asked by the anchor for him to give his take on the verdict of the Supreme Court that affirmed President Bola Tinubu, winner of the 2023 presidential polls.

He said:

"It is not a judicial endorsement of the conduct of the election by INEC. Even with the judgment, it is very clear that Nigeria has a long way to go in terms of ensuring that credible elections are conducted.
"Elections that will be devoid of acrimony, elections that all of us would be proud of. But we're still a long way from there, even with the judgment."

Falana blamed INEC for its complacency, noting that if they had gotten their act right, the Supreme Court wouldn't have been saddled with the responsibility of determining the election winner.

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He said:

"The judiciary should not determine the winners of election. Judges are not suited to determine the winners of election.
"That is a job that is exclusively reserved for INEC if things are done properly. And that is why we must put an end to the shame that has become our law in terms of conducting elections."

Supreme Court verdict: "It's business as usual" - Falana

He stated that Nigeria is the concentration of the black race, as he urged that it is high time things are done correctly so that "black people won't be insulted all over the world."

Falana stated that the culture of impunity had worsened the case for Nigeria, noting that all those who were arrested for violation of electoral laws had been left off the hook.

"It's business as usual, we're simply waiting for the next election", Falana added.

Douye Diri: PDP Bayelsa Gov gives reason for visiting Tinubu after Supreme Court verdict

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Bayelsa State governor Douye Diri has responded to critics over his controversial visit to President Bola Tinubu after the Supreme Court verdict.

Diri, a chieftain of the opposition party, was seen in a viral video congratulating the President in his office alongside other top politicians.

The Bayelsa governor stated shortly after that it was within his right to congratulate the Nigerian leader.

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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