Special to USAfrica magazine (Houston) and USAfricaonline.com, first Africa-owned, US-based newspaper published on the Internet
Jack Wuchi, a Contributing analyst to USAfricaonline.com on public affairs.
Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Monday February 6, 2023 delivered one of its most controversial and incredible decisions. After all his desperate efforts, the apex court, somehow, declared the faulty Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District — for the February 25 election.
The ruling which had a three-against-two split judgement stated that the decisions of both the Federal High Court in Yobe and the Court of Appeal in Abuja “were perverse and must be set aside.”
History must never forget that the real perverse and absurd opinion came from this Supreme Court.
In my view, the ruling impacts the Nigerian judiciary, from lower, appeals, and particularly the Supreme Court.
The ruling on Lawan vs Machido continues the desecrating of the hallowed chambers.
I’m trying to recover from the shock.
I am stunned how Ahmed Lawan, who never re-contested in the APC 2022 primary elections in his state of Yobe for reelection to the Senate, was affirmed winner against the rightful and legitimate winner, Hon. Machido.
This shameful judgement delivery in favor of Lawan has been likened to a similar Supreme Court judgement which affirmed Godswill Akpabio as winner of a senatorial district in Akwa lbom, only a few days ago.
The voters and people of Imo State are still trying to recover from a shock from another indolent judgement of the Supreme Court, 3 years ago where Hope Uzodima, who came a distant 4th in the APC primary election was also declared Governor.
Such rulings, unfortunately, erode democracy!