Dr. Simon Okeke, a former head of the PSC, suggests delaying Tinubu’s inauguration until the Supreme Court rules on the election.

Dr Simon Okeke, a prominent Southeast politician and former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria to suspend the inauguration of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, until the Supreme Court has given its final verdict on who won the controversial February 25 presidential and national assembly elections. CONTINUE READING….

Okeke made these statements during a press conference on May 6 in his country home, Amici, Nnewi South local government area Anambra state. He argued that the swearing-in of Tinubu as the president of the country before the court gives its final judgement would be like preempting the winner of the presidential polls. CONTINUE READING…



He stated that the judiciary was on trial following the unprecedented tension and criticism that trailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcement of presidential election results, which failed to meet most of its set guidelines, including the failure to transmit results as promised, from the polling units to INEC’s central server.

The announced presidential results have been challenged by five major political parties in Nigeria, including Labour Party, the People’s Democratic Party, and others. Okeke called on the country’s judiciary to consider the general aspiration of millions of Nigerians, as well as the corporate existence of Nigeria, in handling the electoral petitions to avoid a miscarriage of justice that may precipitate a serious crisis in the country

He argued that until the apex court pronounces who the winner is, the election is only midway and not yet over, and therefore, swearing in anyone as the winner of the election is premature and nothing more than announcing the result of a match in the middle of a game.

Okeke further emphasised that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, allows anyone aggrieved to go on appeal from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court to determine the true winner. He added that swearing in anyone before the verdict of the apex court is indirectly urging that the court should confirm the candidate is already sworn in, which is a situation that should be avoided in a fragile system such as Nigeria’s.

Okeke used a football analogy to explain the situation, stating that in a football match, if during the match, one side strikes a ball to the goal area of an opponent, and there is a dispute as to whether or not a goal has been scored, it is only the referee that can decide whether or not it is a goal.

Similarly, in the disputed presidential election, only the Supreme Court can decide who the true winner is. Therefore, Okeke called on the president of the federal republic of Nigeria to swear in only the person judged by the apex court to be the winner of the election.

In conclusion, Okeke’s call for the suspension of the inauguration of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, until the Supreme Court has given its final verdict on who won the controversial February 25 presidential and national assembly elections, is a call for justice, fairness, and the preservation of the democratic process in Nigeria.

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