Tenure Elongation: FG Clashes With PDP


A legal twist on Tuesday erupted in the suit instituted by some governors under the  Peoples Democratic Party to forestall the conduct of gubernatorial elections in  their respective states by the Independent National Election Commission as the  federal government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party engaged themselves in war  of words in the open court.

The federal government and PDP took opposing positions even though they were both  defendants in the case.

In its strong opposition to the bid by the governors to have their tenure elongated  to 2012, the  Federal Government objected to hearing of  the case by the court and  pleaded that the case be dismissed for lacking in merit and rapped the party which  it accused of “playing the devil’s advocate” in its  open support  for the  consolidated cases of the governors.

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Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, who represented the Attorney General of the Federation  and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, pointedly accused PDP of playing  unholy roles the suit.

PDP however fired back at government accusing it of attempting to twist the law and  the decision of the Supreme Court on governorship tenure of office.

—Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

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