Lagos Lawyer and Mediation Advocate, Barrister Valentino Buoro has called on the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to immediately approach the Supreme Court to set up a Mediation Panel to resolve the ongoing political crisis engulfing the Kogi State Governorship election.
Barrister Buoro said in a statement in Lagos that adjudication at any level of the Nigerian Courts may not entirely resolve the issues at stake given the fact that as at the moment, no provision of law specifically addresses the novel but unfortunate development.
According to him the ongoing political challenge in Kogi State provides a perfect scenario for the nation’s judiciary to call in aid the principles and practice of alternative dispute resolution which is most likely to assuage the deep emotions of all parties who today lay claims to superior arguments in a matter for which our statute books have no definitive answer.
He said that a well constituted Neutral Panel of Mediators will be able to identify the real stakeholders in the dispute and to explore their underlying interests with a view to reaching an outcome with which all parties can abide or live with.
‘’A multiplicity of legal opinions and unfathomable verbiage of all manner of public affairs analysts do not address the core issue of good governance and a political leadership freely elected by the people of Kogi State themselves, since he who wears the shoes knows where it pinches.’’