While a candidate’s election is being contested in court, it is unclean to swear him into office, according to Disu

Amid the ongoing calls from some prominent Nigerians for the judiciary to quickly conclude all matters regarding election petitions before the May 29 handover ceremony, veteran journalist, and public affairs commentator, Jimi Disu has insisted that it is improper and untidy for a candidate to be sworn into office while his mandate is still a subject of serious litigation in the court of law. CONTINUE READING.

Speaking during an interview on Wazobia TV’s ‘As E Dey Hot’ program on Friday, Disu argued that a candidate who knows he is likely to get kicked out of office at any time by the courts will fail to serve his people properly due to lack of concentration. CONTINUE READING….

He said; “We must realize that an electoral process starts with an election and then ends with the case in court. So, while the process is still on, it does not make sense to swear the candidate into office. It doesn’t make sense. You might as well swear him in on the day after the election when the results have been announced. So, what people are saying is that we should have a system where the process would be seen through to the end. Even if it means having an election one year before the handover date. This will ensure that by the time a President is being sworn in, for example, he wouldn’t be bogged down by all these issues of litigation and so on because it is very untidy.

Okay, of what state of mind do people think a president-elect will be in when he knows he might be removed by the court at any time? What of all the decisions, policies, and documents he signs while in office? Would they be legally binding if he is eventually removed? If, for example, he spends 3 months in office and then is removed, everything he has done within that period will be nullified. All of these reasons are why I am saying it is completely untidy to have a candidate sworn into office while his mandate is still a subject of litigation in the law court.”

SOURCE: YouTube (Forward video to 24:29).

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