A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, has urged the electoral tribunal to resolve all petitions by opposition parties before the inauguration and swearing-in of a new president in Nigeria.
Agbakoba tendered the plea while speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, April 5. According to him, most of the political arguments going on in Nigeria will be resolved when the petitions before the tribunal are heard and sorted out accordingly.
He further stated that it would be better if these issues are sorted out before the 29th of May, as it may cause more political arguments in the country if a president is sworn-in when there are unsolved petitions before the tribunal.
Agbakoba was hinging his arguments on the unfair advantage and immense powers an incumbent president would have on judicial and political developments in the country. In particular, sitting presidents have judicial immunity and have the powers to pick and remove the Chief Justice, based on recommendations of the National Judicial Commission (NJC).