Wole Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the independence of the judiciary during the 2019 Election Petition Tribunal.
Wole, who said this when he visited Aso Rock on Friday, 17th January, 2020, commended the executive council for not imposing on the lawyers while they heard the various petitions filed after the elections.
He further said that the courts were allowed to do their job, Mr. President and I must surely commend you for that. Nobody whispered to anyone of us, how we are going to see Judge A or Judge B. That’s the way it should be. Judges must be allowed and be given a free hand to pass their judgments. Mr President, we are glad to have been called upon and we are happy that we delivered.
Concerning the electoral reforms, Wole acknowledged that while the National Assembly was doing something about the Electoral Act, the Act requires some rejigging and cleansing. We are happy to know that the National Assembly is doing something about the electoral law.
If the Attorney-General of the Federation will co-opt us, we are ready to give assistance. We are ready to cooperate with them without taking a dime, whether as consultants, legal practitioners or as experts.