Why I Insist Recent Supreme Court Verdicts Are Perverse – Sagay

Itse-Sagay

Constitutional lawyer, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, has reiterated his view on the recent Supreme Court judgments that upheld the governorship elections in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
He also lashed at those criticizing his position, saying they were those who benefited from the “perverse” verdicts delivered by the apex court.
The Rivers State Government had in response to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria’s comments on the judgment that upheld the election of Governor Nyesom Wike, described the verbal attack as bitter and completely unwarranted.
But in a chat with Daily Trust on Tuesday, Sagay, who is Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, said the position of the apex court amounted to sanctioning of electoral malpractices, which would encourage politicians to deploy maximum forces to win election.
The Supreme Court had penultimate week affirmed the victories of Governors Nyesome Wike and Udom Emmanuel of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states respectively, after the duo had earlier lost at the tribunal and the Appeal Court.
The apex court in giving reasons for its decisions said on Friday that non-compliance by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) manual and guidelines by officials of the commission were not sufficient to annul the election, even as it said card reader was not a sufficient replacement for manual accreditation, which was recognized by the constitution.
Sagay, however, restated his opinion that the judgments are “perverse”, saying he is unperturbed about the criticism trailing his view.
He said, “Let me say this. The judgment is perverse. I can say that forever, it is perverse, it is shocking. It is unbelievable. And for those who are criticizing me, you know Nigerians don’t like the truth, basically, Nigerians don’t like the truth. Nigerians like what favours them, whether it is right or wrong. Nigerians have no sense of justice. So those who are criticizing me are those who have benefitted from that perversion of a judgment”.

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