- Femi Falana has weighed in on the recent court judgments sacking state governors and declaring new winners
- In a recent interview, the legal luminary dissected the sack of Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state, Abba Yusuf of Kano state, and Governor Sanwo-Olu's court victory in Lagos state
- Falana, however, urged political actors to always comply with existing court orders to avoid such developments
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The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has called for a review of the appeal court judgments sacking Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano state and Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state.
Falana blows hot over sack of Plateau, Kano governors
Falana noted that the court verdicts that voided the election of Mutfwang and Yusuf, should be reviewed because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed in its duty to conduct proper elections in the country.
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The senior lawyer, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme, said the votes of Nigerians should not be nullified by the courts because of the supposed negligence of the electoral umpire.
Falana explained why the court's judgments should be reviewed
According to the Falana, election matters should be concluded before the inauguration of any administration.
Speaking on the judgements of the appellate court, Falana said INEC failed to perform due diligence before and during the elections.
"Unless we can get members of the political class sanctioned for impunity, we're not going to get out of this crisis with respect to the conduct of elections."
He urged all those dissatisfied with the appeal court verdicts to go to the Supreme Court.
Court of appeal sacks 3 PDP lawmakers in Plateau
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the court of appeal sacked three federal lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The appellate court in Abuja sacked three state house of assembly lawmakers in Plateau state.
The lawmakers were Happiness Akawu (Pengana), Ibrahim Agbalak (Rukuba) and Nanbol Rimvyat (Langtang North Central).
Plateau governor takes action as appeal court sacks him
Meanwhile, Caleb Mutfwang has described the verdict of the appeal court that nullified his election as a temporary setback.
Mutfwang expressed optimism that the "mandate overwhelmingly given to him" by the people of Plateau state would be restored.
He said he had instructed his legal team to file an appeal against the appellant court's verdict at the Supreme Court.