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RULES OF DUE PROCESS MUST BE OBSERVED IN ELECTORAL MATTERS
“Impeachment of elected politicians is a very serious matter and should not be conducted as a matter of course. The purpose is to set aside the will of the electorate as expressed at the polls. It has implication for the impeached as well as the electorate who bestowed the mandate on him. Whether it takes one day or the three months prescribed by law, the rules of due process must be strictly followed. If the matter is left at the whims and caprices of politicians and their panels, a State or even the entire country could be reduced to the status of a banana republic. The procedure for impeachment and removal must be guarded jealously by the Courts.”

- Ngwuta, JSC. Danladi v. Dangiri (2014)
NO AMBIGUITY IN THE CONSTITUTION
“Constitution of any country is the embodiment of what a people desire to be their guiding light in governance, their supreme law, fountain of all their laws. As such, Constitution is not at any given situation expected to or presumed to contain ambiguity. All its provisions must be given meaning and interpretation even with the imperfection of the legal draftsman. Common sense must be applied to give meaning to all its sections or articles.”

- S.M.A. Belgore, JSC. The Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) v. George Osahon & Ors. (2006)
A BARRISTER STANDING TRIAL CANNOT STAY AT THE BAR FULLY ROBED
“In the case of a barrister who is standing trial for an offence, he is a party in the comprehensive sense of the term and unless the Criminal Procedure Law, Code' or Act in Nigeria otherwise provides his proper place during trial is in the dock and he cannot stay at the Bar fully robed to stand his trial and or address the court whether he is conducting his case in person or is represented by counsel. Similarly, a barrister who conducts criminal prosecution on his own behalf is entitled to no other privileges than as an ordinary person.”

- A.O. Obaseki, JSC. Chief Gani Fawehinmi v. Nigerian Bar Association & Ors (1989)
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