Assessing the Peace Pact Against the Expectation of Peaceful Elections

Set against the history of electoral violence and inflammatory statements that have become a recurrent theme in elections in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan, General Muhammad Buhari and twelve other Presidential candidates signed a peace pact promising free and fair elections and issue-based campaigns in a sensitisation workshop held in Abuja on Thursday January 15, 2015.

Buhari’s Certificate Saga

The recent rancour over the educational qualifications of the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari has led to extensive debate over the constitutional provision for the qualification of an aspirant as well as an examination of the power of the electoral management body to exclude candidates.   It will be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the APC of presenting…

Hanging Electoral Fate of Internally Displaced Persons

The Electoral Act Amendment Bill  2014 proposed by the House of Representatives  was passed on Wednesday, 14th January 2015. The Bill’s objective is to ensure a level playing field for all participants in the electoral process and guarantee a more transparent process of conduct of elections in Nigeria.   Though the Bill was passed for second reading on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014, a further amendment…

Financial Independence of the Judiciary: To Be or Not To Be?

There have been mounting concerns over the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria’s (JUSUN) strike which commenced on January 5, 2015 which resulted in the total shut down of courts nationwide including all judiciary institutions such as the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) and the National Judicial Institute.   The Union seeks the implementation of a court judgment given by Justice Adeniyi…