A retired Court of Appeal judge, Justice Peter Ige, says the appellate court needs more than the statutory 60 days to determine appeals from Election Petition Tribunals. Ige stated this on Wednesday in Ibadan during a valedictory court session held in his honour at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division.
He said, instead of 60 days, the appellate court would need about 80 days to hear and determine such appeals before it. According to him, the current situation makes judges to work assiduously, usually to a breaking point, in order to meet the deadline.
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“In order to give the Justices breathing space, it is imperative for the National Assembly to amend the relevant provisions of the Constitution to increase the 60 days to 80 days for hearing and determination of appeals in the interest of justice,” Ige said.
He also called for the determination of all pre-election matters before holding elections and of all post-election issues before winners were sworn in.
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, commended Ige for leaving behind an unblemished record, deserving of being celebrated.