Reduce Pressure On Electoral System

Uduaghan Urges Judiciary
BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has challenged the Nigerian judiciary to reduce the pressure on the nation’s electoral system.
Governor Uduaghan who gave the challenge while making a presentation at the Nigeria Bar Association Conference in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday, also reminded INEC and political parties that, as stakeholders, they have a role to play in ensuring the sustenance of democracy in the country.
While stressing that, to do otherwise will be detrimental to our democracy. The governor lamented that the polity was always over-heated because of the struggle for power.

He said: “In Nigeria today, it is unthinkable of ending an election at the poll. In Delta State for instance, while some aspirants are in the field campaigning, others are plotting court cases and seeking to deploy all technical loopholes to win their cases. This is not doing our democracy any good.”
On the gains of democratic rule, Uduaghan posited that Nigerians in the last 12 years have come to embrace the concept as the type of government they desire.
According to him, “under military rule, the concept of freedom of expression and freedom of association was a luxury. The freedom of expression was seen as a threat to the ruling junta.”
Continuing, the governor said “today, freedom is taken for granted because the constitution even provides for the removal of a governor through due process.” The two-day NBA conference has as its theme “Review of the Performance of Election Tribunal In the 2011 Elections”.