Raging Controversies Over Kogi, Bayelsa Primaries Needless, Says Barrister Shehu

By Our Reporter

A legal practitioner in Lafia, Barrister Yusufu Shehu Usman has described as needless the ranging controversies over Kogi and Bayelsa party primaries, saying that there is nothing new that has not been settled by the Supreme Court.

Barrister Shehu noted that the spate of electoral litigation over the conduct of the Primary elections by the PDP and the APC in Kogi and Bayelsa states are generating heated controversies as if they have thrown out new legal issues or challenges.
” I think that there should by now, be sanity and consistency in the judicial arena. The courts should not allow Politicians erode their integrity. The law is clear on all the issues the courts are now contradicting themselves on” He further stressed.
Barrister Shehu who was one time Secretary/ Director Administration Nigerian Law School, and past Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Nasarawa State observed that there is no new issue arising from all the suits filed by the political parties and their candidates that has no Judicial precedent solidly, finally and conclusively laid by the Supreme Court and queried “Why are the courts on the lower wrung of the pyramid finding it difficult to apply the precedents based on the binding Principles of stare decisis?”
“There is no lacuna in any of the laws under which the primaries were conducted by all the parties in Kogi and Bayelsa. There are no new issues and the law is not recondite” Barrister Shehu further observed. He then re- emphasized that all the suits were based on issues earlier decided by the apex court.

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