2023 election petition courts rendered justice – NBA President

The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has described as justifiable the judgements rendered by the different courts in the petitions that arose from the 2023 general elections.

Speaking in Yola on Saturday, NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, said the judges rendered justice in those decisions.

“Wherever there is justice, there also is commendation as the people would connect to the justice of the case,” the NBA President said.

Maikyau spoke in the Adamawa State capital, where he attended the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the NBA, urging government at all levels not to take decisions no matter how good they may seem without first checking the constitution.

He noted that as lawyers, NBA members give guidance and protection to the people and government, stressing, “Government should not do something they feel good about. They should check if the law permits them.”

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, who declared the NBA NEC meeting open, charged the Bar to help sustain people’s confidence in the judiciary.

The governor who was represented on the occasion by Deputy Governor Kaletapwa Farauta, said, “I urge you to be firm in reprimanding the few bad eggs in your midst while celebrating those with demonstrable integrity, dexterity, courage and patriotism.

“I urge you to help in sustaining the confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. Let justice be done and let justice be seen to be done.”

In her remarks, the Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Hapsat Abdulrahaman urged the participants at the NBA meeting to take decisions that would enhance the relevance of the bar.

She praised the judiciary for how it entrusted several women with the responsibility of handling election petitions across the country.

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