A constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome SAN has advised the judiciary to look at wishes of the Nigerian people when deciding the outcome of the just concluded presidential election.
Recall that the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was declared winner of the election. However, opposition political parties like the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and the Labour Party who claimed the election was marred by widespread rigging have vowed to challenge the outcome of the election in court.
Speaking about his expectations from the judiciary, Mike Ozekhome said, "for the judiciary, my advise to it is that in deciding this case, it must look critically at the justice of the matter, not at technicalities. It must look at the wishes of the Nigerian people as expressed through the polls, not technicalities.
I have already said many times that Nigeria does not operate Democracy which was a word coined or defined by Abraham Lincoln, a former American president on the 19th of November, 1863. That we do not operate Democracy but that we operate many “cracies” which are not “demo”.
One of them I said is “Judocracy”. Judocracy is a warped corrupted form of democracy in which a president or a governor is put up through a fundamentally flawed process which did not represent the will of the people and then the people quarrel and then he goes before the judiciary. And the judiciary midwives, incubates and delivers a president, a governor or a senator for the people, probably against the wish of the people. I call it Judocracy."
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