At the Tribunal, Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, had contested Bola Ahmed Tinubu's election victory. Bola Tinubu has not complied with the law's requirements, hence Peter Obi urged in his petition that he not be sworn in. Lawyer Nkoyo Toyo, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia, claims that the Labour Party and its candidate are afraid that Tinubu would take over the entire process once he is elected president.
She clarified that this is the reason why so many Nigerians are urging the judiciary to render a decision as soon as possible: to give the populace confidence that the judiciary can deliver justice. She id, however, make it clear that the President-elect's inauguration cannot be delayed because Tinubu, if he loses at the Tribunal, will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Any declaration the court makes might not prevent the inauguration, but the point is that it will give the court a sense of ownership. Peter Obi and the Labour Party are concerned that Bola Tinubu will control the court and seize control of the entire process once he is elected president.
However, if they are aware that the court will be aloof from all of this and that it has the power to intervene at any time and render a decision regardless of who is seated, they may be less reluctant to do so. The key is to reach a decision quickly enough to state the law as it is. By doing this, we would have already given the public the impression that the judiciary is in a strong position to uphold the rule of law.
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