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  • Updated: November 05, 2023

Plateau: Group Expresses Concern Over Judicial Integrity

Plateau: Group Expresses Concern Over Judicial Integrity

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a civil rights advocacy group, has raised concerns over the integrity of the judiciary in Plateau State.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a press conference on Sunday stated that recent events in Plateau have cast ‘a shadow of doubt’ and suspicion over the integrity of the state’s judiciary.

He raised questions about the impartiality of the judiciary and its role in ensuring fair and just elections in Nigeria.

Onwubiko expressed deep concern over what he alleged to be a coordinated effort to issue contradictory judgments, particularly favouring the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the expense of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“These concerns go beyond post-election matters and extend to pre-election cases, which, according to established legal precedent, should not be revisited at the appellate level. 

“In some instances where the APC came in second, PDP candidates were removed, and the certificate of return was given to the APC, while in other cases where the APC came in third or lower, the courts ordered a rerun. HURIWA considers this inconsistency alarming and believes it raises suspicions of bias.

“Specifically, in the case of Plateau North Senatorial District won by Sen. Simon Mwadkwon of the PDP and the APC candidate coming in third, the Panel, in its judgment in Court of Appeal No.

"CA/J/EP/PL/SEN/12/2023 delivered on Sunday, October, 2023, curiously annulled the PDP’s victory and ordered INEC to conduct a rerun election among all the parties."

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