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Election petition verdicts : Judges are sometimes wrong but…. – AGF Fagbemi


Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice,  Lateef Fagemi has cautioned Nigerians and politicians against disparaging the judiciary as a result of the outcome of election petition verdicts.

He described allegations making the rounds against the country’s judiciary as cheap blackmail.

Fagbemi appealed to politicians that lost out at all levels not to throw caution to the wind because of their losses at the tribunal.

He also urged them to stop making unfounded insinuations against the judges, adding that anybody who has concrete evidence against any judge should feel free to bring it forth.

The attorney general spoke with reporters in his Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area, Kwara State‘s country home on the sidelines of a prayer organised in his honour.

He said: “You lost at the tribunal, you lost at the Appeal Court and at the Supreme Court yet you are insinuating foul play. I think even apart from law, morality also demands that you take the outcome as it is.

“I am not saying that judges cannot be wrong, because they are human beings. Where anybody sees or feels that the course of justice has been perverted, they should feel free to bring it forth rather than making unfounded insinuations.

“Unless you are able to bring forth concrete evidence, I will not succumb to blackmail. Nobody will shield an erring judge.

“One thing about justice is that the man who wins will praise the judgment, the person who loses will never agree that he has lost fairly unless you give him the judgment.

“Don’t forget, when you make unfounded insinuations, you are dragging the name of the nation in the mud.”

He urged “all and sundry to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship.”

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