By Tobi Soniyi
Worried by the spate of conflicting orders emanating from various divisions of the Federal High Court as well as the Federal Capital Territory High Court on the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Society for Global Justice and Equity Promotion has called on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to caution lawyers against filing multiplicity of suits on the same issues.
Addressing judiciary correspondents in Abuja, the group asked the NBA to call to order lawyers who are making a mockery of the judicial system by filing multiple suits on the same subject matter for the same people at courts of coordinate jurisdiction.
The group’s Deputy National Coordinator, Mr. Jolayemi Adekunle, who addressed journalists in Abuja. named Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja divisions of the Federal High Court where conflicting judgments and orders had emanated on same issues.
Adekunle said that from their findings, lawyers could not be absolved from the blame in the conflicting judgments because they were the ones who presented different facts to courts on the same issue to confuse Judges.
Said he: “We have found that some lawyers engaged in the unwholesome practice of arranging someone loyal to their clients to appear as a representative of the adverse party in order to mislead the courts into thinking that the proper adverse party has been served.
“We are calling on the NBA President Malam Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN to summon a meeting of the General Council of the Bar to address these issues raised by this unwholesome practice.
“In the main, the NBA should encourage lawyers to advise their clients properly and avoid a situation where lawyers would allow politicians to manipulate the courts for their selfish end.