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Jonathan Who Accepted Election Defeat Says Half Of Petitions Misconceived, Hails Delta For Enhancing Working Conditions For Judiciary



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Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has said that as many as half of election petitions filed by politicians are crooked with the intention of bending the will of the people.

Jonathan who became a democracy icon for putting across a telephone call to his challenger for the presidency in 2015 spoke as he flayed politicians who try to rig the judicial process to twist the decision of the electorate. reports that Jonathan spoke on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta state at the inauguration of the state new High Court Complex.

He used the opportunity to commend Governor Oborevwori for enhancing the working condition of the judiciary hailing the ambience of the new high court complex and also, the provision of brand new vehicles to the judges.

“My thinking is that 50 per cent of those who go to court go to court because they felt they were cheated by the electoral management system; they were rigged out.

“When you feel naturally aggrieved, you have to go to court. So assuming the elections are properly conducted, they know they failed the election, but they feel they can use the judiciary to declare them winners.

“If the judiciary doesn’t declare who doesn’t win the election that they are winners, 50 per cent will not go to court.

“In South Africa, the electoral management body will never compromise, they all know. If you lose the election, you just wait for the next election. You don’t need to go to court.

“Because if you go to court, the judiciary too will not compromise. So you will not get anything,” he said.

The former President applauded the government of Delta State for its efforts in enhancing the working environment of judicial officers.

He also commended Delta State governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, for his administration’s focus on infrastructural development, and his commitment to completing projects initiated by previous governments.

According to him, the project, which was started in 1991, is proof of the government’s dedication to continuity and development.

“There are some projects that are very fundamental to the growth and development of the state. We expect anybody who takes over the government to continue them, and you are doing exactly that,” Jonathan said.

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