OrderPaperToday – The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of love, fairness, selfless service, and commitment to public good as demonstrated by Christ, stressing that such virtues are crucial to a hitch-free conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Ekweremadu gave the admonition in his goodwill message to Nigerians at Christmas. While wishing Nigerians a merry Christmas, the Deputy Senate President noted that the National Assembly had amended the constitution to quicken the dispensation of justice in pre-election disputes.

According to him, “The forthcoming general election is critical for the survival and deepening of democracy in Nigeria. So, I believe that embracing the christlike virtues of love, peace, fairness, and selfless service to fatherland is key to eschewing the desperation and pursuit of narrow interests that fuel vote-buying, intimidation, and other electoral manipulations that in turn trigger electoral violence.

“Slow pace of justice delivery has been an incentive for ills. Therefore, just as we amended the Constitution in 2010 to prescribe a timeframe for the conclusion of election petitions, the current National Assembly has further amended Section 285 of the Constitution to set timeframes for the conclusion of pre-election disputes such as issues arising from primary elections. The President has also assented to this particular amendment to make it part of our Constitution.”

Ekweremadu added that: “Going forward, every pre-election matter must be filed not later than 14 days from the date of the occurrence of the event, decision or action complained of in the suit.

“Judgement shall be delivered within 180 days of institution of the suit.

“An appeal from a pre-election matter shall be heard and disposed within 60 days.
“That way, every aggrieved persons can rest assured that they don’t have to wait forever again to get justice. Every wrong done before or during elections will now be remedied speedily”.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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