Election Litigations Hampers True Democracy In Nigeria

ProfessorAmos Utuama Deputy Governor of Delta State.The lack of true democracy in Nigeria is as a result of frequent litigation over elections, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Utuama, has said.

Addressing a gathering of legal practitioners in Abuja on Tuesday, Professor Utuama said that elections in Nigeria were yet to be free and fair in accordance with the rule of law.

The Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge, urged legal practitioners to stop encouraging unnecessary and distracting election litigations.

‘Nigeria’s Democracy and the Role of the Legal Profession,’ was the topic of discussion in the 2013 fellows lecture that had in attendance, jurists, legal practitioners, scholars and their families.

Emphasis was also laid on the need for legal practitioners to desist from encouraging ceaseless election litigation.

Nine persons were made fellows of the institute in recognition of their achievements in the bar.

The new fellows were tasked with expanding the frontiers of law in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians would reap the dividends of democracy.