In the wake of the Supreme Court judgment that dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the alleged double nomination of his running mate and Vice-President-elect, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, renowned lawyer, Barrister Frank Tietie has described the words of the judge who delivered the ruling as ‘interesting’.
Speaking during an interview on ARISE TV’s ‘News Night’ program on Friday night, Tietie, whose reputation as an election litigation expert is well known, stated that while Justice Adamu Jauro was delivering his judgment against the PDP, he vowed that social media pressure will not force the courts to go against the principles of the judicial systems that have been practiced over the decades.
Going further, the renowned lawyer pointed out that he is pleased that the country’s judiciary is suddenly beginning to be aware of all that is happening around it, especially with regards to comments that are being made about the judiciary across social media platforms.
He said; “The judgment that was delivered by the Supreme Court judge in the suit filed by the PDP was a very interesting one. I think his remarks were rather quite interesting. In its ruling, the court has made it clear that it will not change a time-tested legal principle on the basis of exigencies or urgencies created by the politics of the day, or by the overwhelming pressures of social media. What the statements of the judge have shown is that we now have a Supreme Court that is observant of what is going on around it. We no longer hold the perception that there are some jurists up there that are immune from the happenings of society.
That is why the judge was able to refer to what has been happening on social media regarding the judiciary. But it would have been better if the judge had at least made a pronouncement on the subject matter of Shettima’s alleged double nomination without making any order that will be beneficial to the parties while still dismissing the suit.”