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Court verdict should determine swearing-in – Igbo group

A group under the umbrella of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, has advised that the Judiciary must be allowed to conclude hearing on the Presidential Election Petitions before the May 29 swearing- in ceremony.

The Chairman of the Group, Mr. Simon Okeke who raised the concern during a Press briefing in Abuja, maintained that performing the ceremony without the Apex Court’s verdict on the petition before it, would be tantamount to violating the constitution of the country.

He therefore appealed to the Judiciary to expedite action on addressing the Presidential Election Petitions before it.

“The constitution never said that the President must be sworn in on May 29. So, let’s allow the judiciary to do its work”.

“Since INEC failed to meet most of its set guidelines including the failure to transmit votes as promised, from the poling units to the central server, the announced Presidential results have been challenged by five of the major political parties in the country.

Secretary Igbo Elders Consultative Form, Professor Charles Nwekeaku attested to the fact that several innovations were introduced in the last general election.

He stressed the need for Nigeria to borrow a leave from Kenya’s experience towards having a peaceful and fair transition of power.

Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu