10th December, 2010
A legal twist on Tuesday erupted in the suit instituted by some governors under theÂ Peoples Democratic Party to forestall the conduct of gubernatorial elections inÂ their respective states by the Independent National Election Commission as theÂ federal government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party engaged themselves in warÂ of words in the open court.
The federal government and PDP took opposing positions even though they were bothÂ defendants in the case.
In its strong opposition to the bid by the governors to have their tenure elongatedÂ to 2012, theÂ Federal Government objected to hearing ofÂ the case by the court andÂ pleaded that the case be dismissed for lacking in merit and rapped the party whichÂ it accused of â€œplaying the devil’s advocateâ€ in itsÂ open supportÂ for theÂ consolidated cases of the governors.
Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, who represented the Attorney General of the FederationÂ and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, pointedly accused PDP of playingÂ unholy roles the suit.
PDP however fired back at government accusing it of attempting to twist the law andÂ the decision of the Supreme Court on governorship tenure of office.
â€”Nnamdi Felix / Abuja