THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE JUDICIARY IN CONSOLIDATING DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF 2007 ELECTION PETITIONS

AUTHOR: UZOERI BENJAMIN IZUNNA

DEPARTMENT: POLITICAL SCIENCE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

For any democracy to survive anywhere in the world, there is a great need of an independent judiciary. Many in fact see the judiciary as essential bulwark against abuse of power, authoritarianism and arbitrariness. This indispensable character of judiciary in a democratic government has necessitated the imperative of this study to find out how the judiciary has contributed in democratic consolidation in Nigeria. The 2007 election petition remains a case study. Having reviewed the various resolutions given by the judiciary, from the National Dailies, Magazines and personal observations, the researcher was able to reach a conclusion that the Nigeria judiciary has really contributed a lot in the democratic consolidation experience of the country. Although the judiciary has really given land mark judgments on some 2007 election petitions, yet there are still some challenges facing the judiciary in its bid to discharge the constitutional functions assign to it in Nigeria. In line with that, the researcher recommends among other things that there should be timely disposal of election petition, so as forestall the problem of swearing an illegally elected person into office. This can only be achieved through an amendment of the present constitution.

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