By Femi Adi, Kaduna
The General Secretary of National Union of Textile ,Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and Vice President of Industrial Labour Union , Comrade Issa Aremu has commended the Supreme for damning what he described as ” dictatorship of some lawyers and desperate politicians” over the recent call for review of earlier judgement by the apex court .
The labour leader , who noted that without prejudice to the expected judgement of the Supreme Court on Imo, , commended the Supreme Court ,which upheld its earlier judgement and went further to fine Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) N30 million each for agreeing to file an application for the review of the apex court’s judgment on Bayelsa election.
Addressing journalists at the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) ,Kaduna Council on Sunday , when he visited to Commiserate with the Union members over the tragic death of the late former Council Secretary, Chief Dominic Uzu , Comrade Issa Aremu , who is also a National Executive Council member of NLC , said for democracy to be sustainable , all stakeholders must abide by the rule of law .
According to him, a situation where some lawyers are turning courts as temple of justice into arena of transactions of market place is unacceptable .
While stating that endless litigations over electoral matters must give way to matured political culture ,which must starts with respect for finality of court rulings, he expressed satisfaction that the Supreme Court damned what he viewed as; ” Increasing dictatorship of some lawyers and desperate politicians which if not checked might undermine democracy. ”
Though Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), head of the legal team of the All Progressives Congress Governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, in a media report, said he did no wrong to appear alongside Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), to seek the review of Supreme Court judgment that was dismissed and awarded N30m fine against each of the litigants’ lawyers.
Recalled that the Supreme Court had disqualified the APC candidate on the basis that his deputy, Chief Degi Biobarakuma-Eremionye forged his academic certificates and the court subsequently declared the candidate of the PDP, Chief Duoye Diri, winner of the poll and he was sworn- in as governor.
Comrade Aremu however , ” Hailed the ousted governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, for his statesmanship for accepting the final ruling of Nigeria’s highest court, Supreme Court that nullified his victory at the November 16th, 2019 governorship election in the State.”
For him: ” After 20 years of democracy, it’s time to learn from the past experience and avoid the pitfall of how endless litigations, suits and counter suits helped to undermine the first and second Republics.
“During the controversial June 12 crisis, for instance the judiciary was central to the political impasse which arose over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was poised to win and Justice Dahiru Saleh, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory was in the thick of it all.
“Specifically, Justice Bassey Ikpeme ,who ordered that the election should not hold on the eve of the historic poll, was one of his judges. In addition, Saleh ordered Professor Humphrey Nwosu, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission, to stop announcing the election results almost mid way into the exercise. Both the bar and the bench must help to deepen democracy not undermining it through frivolous transactional litigations. ”
He further said , “Politicians must be serious about democratic process but not too serious such that they can be serious again. Democracy is about compromises.
” The idea of demonstrations at EU and American embassies to resolve electoral matters is not only ill informed ,but unacceptable and must be discouraged. Americans would not go to Nigerian embassy in Washington to perfect their electoral processes which indeed are full of imperfections.”