Gentlemen of the press, today 11 January, 2019, judgment was delivered in our suit: Kunle Rasheed Adegoke v. APC, INEC & 2 Ors by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja (Coram the Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo).
While we thank His Lordship for the judgment given in record time, it is however interesting that we have many reasons to disagree with the judgment.
The court in its reasoning disagreed with our claims and dismissed our case contrary to all known precedents in the abundance of which the court was not made to suffer a paucity. History has just repeated itself as we were reminded of the cases of Awolowo v. Shagari, Buhari v. Obasanjo, Aregbesola v. Oyinlola (Naron’s judgment) and a host of others in which justice became a scarce commodity difficult to come by.
It is impossible to align with an opinion that makes a party to be superior to its constitution, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the statutes that have been pronounced upon by the highest court in the land in earlier cases that are on all fours with our own.
Notwithstanding this interesting development, we emphasise our unrelenting faith in the judiciary as a body. We commend the forefathers who thought of a democratic constitution for us without limiting our fortunes to a single-court judicial structure without appellate opportunities. We also congratulate the ‘winners’ of today’s judgment but caution them in expressions of celebrations as this pyrric victory shall not last.
Thank you very much.
Kunle Rasheed Adegoke (K Rad)