From Esther Akaa, Lafia
A coalition of women groups from all 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State has began a four-day silent protest in support of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr David Ombugadu, as residents of the state await the Supreme Court’s ruling on the state’s March 18, 2023, governorship election.
The Voice reports that the women who were dressed in black attires, carried placards with several inscriptions and green leaves during the silent protest.
Speaking in an interview with journalists in Lafia on Monday, one of the leaders of the groups, Jamilatu Usaini, described the day’s protest as a special one because they were able to peacefully demonstrate on the roads for everyone to see that they were not happy with the election outcome in the state.
She said, “As women, we will never relent. We will continue to protest to show the world the injustice that was done to us.
“David Ombugadu of the PDP clearly won the election, but the Independent National Electoral Commission declared a different result.
“We are indigenes of the state and not foreigners, as such, the person who got the highest votes should be declared as winner based on the tenets of democracy.
“The protest of silence started today by 6am and it will end at 6pm. That is how it will be for the next four days.
“We are not asking for anything rather than seeking that the Supreme Court should review the BVAS records of the governorship election especially that of Gayam and Ciroma electoral wards of Lafia LGA before it delivers its judgment. The judgment should be based on merit and facts, not technicalities.”
Another protester Hanatu James, said democracy was about popular votes and wondered why a person with the highest votes would not be declared the winner of an election in Nasarawa State.
James noted the level of insecurity in the state which she said had prevented many residents from going to their farmlands, and called on the Supreme Court to deliver justice in the case in the interest of humanity.
She further appealed to President Bola Tinubu and the international communities to intervene in the matter in order to safe democracy in the state and by extension, the entire country.
“During the governorship election, we voted for Ombugadu not Sule. Our hope is that the right thing will be done at the Supreme Court,” she said.
The Voice earlier reported that recently set aside the ruling of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which had on October 2, sacked Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC)and declared him as the actual winner of the governorship election in the state.