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Election Petition: Why Court Should Conclude Cases Before Swearing-In - APC Chieftain, Tonye Cole

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, has expressed support for the call to conclude all matters of election petitions before the President-elect is sworn into office.

Cole argued that it is common practice for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all litigation matters relating to the legitimacy of a candidate at the party primaries are resolved before going into the election.

He stated that the Judiciary can also produce a judgment on election petitions before a President-elect is sworn into office to ensure that the President will not be bogged down by litigations challenging his legitimacy.

During an interview on ARISE TV's 'The Morning Show', Cole stated that the Judiciary should quickly wrap up these cases so that when a candidate is sworn into office, they know that nothing will hold them back. Cole added that this would ensure that the President would be able to focus on governing the country without any distractions or legal challenges.

Cole also praised INEC's efforts during the last election cycle, stating that they ensured that all litigations and disputes from the primaries were sorted out before the elections.

This, according to Cole, ensured that the candidate coming out did not have anything illegal hanging over their heads. He believes that this same approach should be applied to those who have won or lost elections, and the judiciary should conclude election petition cases quickly.

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