He also lashed at those criticising his position, saying they were those who benefitted from the “perverse” verdicts delivered by the apex court. In a chat with Daily Trust not Thenigerialawyer, he said the position of the Supreme Court amounted to sanctioning of electoral malpractices, which would encourage politicians to deploy maximum forces to win election. The Supreme Court had penultimate week affirmed the victories of Governors Nyesome Wike and Udom Emmanuel of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states respectively, after the duo had earlier lost at the tribunal and the Appeal Court. The apex court in giving reasons for its decisions said on Friday that non-compliance by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) manual and guidelines by officials of the commission were not sufficient to annul the election, even as it said card reader was not a sufficient replacement for manual accreditation. Sagay however restated his opinion that the judgments are “perverse”, saying he is unperturbed about the criticism trailing his view. He said, “Let me say this. The judgment is perverse. I can say that forever, it is perverse, it is shocking. It is unbelievable. And for those who are criticizing me, you know Nigerians don’t like the truth, basically, Nigerians don’t like the truth. Nigerians like what favours them, whether it is right or wrong. Nigerians have no sense of justice. So those who are criticizing me are those who have benefitted from that perversion of a judgment.” The Supreme Court verdicts have generated divergent reactions from Nigerians especially members of the bar with some lawyers including Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, and Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa hailing the apex court’s decisions. Source: dailytrust]]>

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