Beyond the PEPT judgement, By Jideofor Adibe


THE September 6, 2023 judgement by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, was honestly not unexpected. While the judgement did not come to me as a surprise, what rather jolted me was the manner in which it was framed: it was almost as if the judges were the attorneys for the defendants and were, therefore, visibly angry with the petitioners and their lawyers for daring to bring such petitions before them.

The judgements, whatever their merits on points of law, were delivered in very pedantic, if not condescending manner to the petitioners. Let me mention that I am not a lawyer (though, in addition to my academic qualifications in Political Science and Development Studies, I also have an LLM degree in Media Law from a respected London University). But I am a student of Nigerian election history and have also read some remarkable judgements by famous jurists. 

Additionally, as a publisher of 20 years standing, with an indexed, peer-reviewed academic law journal…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper