By Barnabas Manyam (In Yola, Adamawa State)
The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Hassan Maidawa Garba, has raised alarm over the 2022 amended electoral Act which he said may pose difficulties in the adjudication of cases.
Speaking during the NBA week in Yola, Adamawa state capital, Barrister Maidawa Garba, said there might be some bubby traps in dispensing with the cases since the electoral Act has removed the dispensation of electoral cases from State judiciary to Federal High courts and Appeal court which is an aberrations because most of the cases would not be dispensed with on time.
Barrister Hassan Maidawa Garba who is the NBA chairman in Adamawa State revealed that until the electoral Act is reviewed to allow State courts to handle election cases, it would be difficult to handle these cases within the time limit.
He narrated that the electoral Act 2022 has caused disruption in the system such that if allowed to continue without amendment', will remain a factor that has made so many cases to be pending in the Federal High Courts across the country and will cause difficultly dispensing with these cases before elections in February.
He said the National Assembly should look into the possible ways of reviewing the electoral Act 2022 before elections.
The NBA boss said the NBA has been deliberating on this development and seeking possible ways of finding solutions to it as these cases are currently pilling up at the Federal High Courts since the primaries cannot be dispensed with before the elections. NNL.