By Harrison Akamule
The member representing Bomadi/Patani federal constituency in the national assembly and chairman of House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon. Nicholas Ebomo Mutu, has commended the judiciary for its impartial mediatory role in disputes relating to election contests and nominations among politicians.
He said that by resolving the divergent controversies arising from contestation for party nominations during and after the election seasons, the judiciary has helped to nurture and consolidate the democratic dispensation since 1999.
Hon. Mutu disclosed this in a statement shortly after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal against his candidature in the 2015 election filed by Mr. William Angadi for lack of merit.
He said: “It is pertinent to state that the judiciary has remained one of the big pillars sustaining democratic practice in the country and I urge it to sustain the good works.
“Without the impartial intervention of the judicial arm in cases such as the one dismissed by the Supreme Court, perhaps, the growth of Nigeria’s democracy since 1999 would have been imperiled to a large extent,” added Mutu.
He hailed the Supreme Court for validating the judgment of the lower courts, noting that the development has further rekindled the hope of humanity in the judiciary as an impartial arbiter in disputes.
He therefore dedicated the victory to his constituents who, he said, had been his pillar of support and pledged effective representation by giving voice to the people’s aspirations and also attracting democratic dividends to the area.
He, however, called on the petitioner to put the judgment behind him and join him to work for the growth and development of the constituency.