Why I Accepted The Judgment of Election Tribunal As True and Correct Judgment — Robert Clarke

An elder statesman and senior advocate in Nigeria, Robert Clarke, was recently interviewed on the Arise TV web show. After the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal court upheld Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election, the journalist requested his reaction.



In the course of the Arise TV interview, he stated:

In my opinion, there is much more discussion to be had on this issue at the Supreme Court, and I welcome the opportunity for any party to take it there.

Everyone can see that this is a subject that should be settled before the election and that the court lacks jurisdiction to do so because the Supreme Court has already heard and ruled on the issue. As a result, I’m squatting down before the judge.

The Electoral Act, under which the Tribunal is functioning, only permits the Tribunal to investigate the conduct of an election and not matters that are not part of the election, and I agree with the Tribunal that this is a pre-election matter and cannot be addressed by this Tribunal.

It’s not an issue, but I want to point out that there are two perspectives to consider. Those who have lost their cases at the lower level might appeal to the Supreme Court. Whether or not this is an issue before the election, I am indicating that I, Robert Clark, accept the judgement as being true and correct. But what I’m trying to argue is that our Constitution guarantees the right of either party to appear in court if they so desire. That’s why I’m saying another trial under a different jurisdiction is needed.

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You can start watching the video in its entirety at the 4:00 mark.


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