Abuja – Justice Ahmed Goniri, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yobe State, on Thursday cautioned counsel to election petitioners to speed up the process and “desist from filing frivolous applications’’
Goniri told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja that it was much better to have few strong petitions that could strengthen the democratic process than many questionable applications.
He said filing of unnecessary petitions by lawyers would not only slow the pace, but could affect the delivery of an effective and efficient justice system.
The attorney general said the court had on so many occasions frowned at such applications which often posed serious challenges to the speedy dispensation of justice.
He, therefore, urged lawyers to resist the temptation of filing such cases that could also bring their professionalism to disrepute.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560”]
According to him, the few election petitions filed this election year in Yobe signify progress.
“We have 24 house of Assembly seats with only one petition; six house of representatives seats with also one petition.
“In a way, this can be seen as a progres, but of course, if anyone is dissatisfied with the process, he has the right to approach either the court or the tribunal; as the case maybe, to seek redress,’’ he said. (NAN)