From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The protesting women, youths and other citizens of Nasarawa State have denied allegations by the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in the state that they were sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to protest against the recent judgment of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja.
The Voice earlier reported that the APC leadership had at a press conference in Lafia raised alarm on plans by the major opposition party, PDP to orchestrate evil propaganda through planned protests aimed at overheating the polity and causing chaos in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters on Wednesday at the PDP secretariat after the end of the protest, an 80- year old woman who is actively participating in the protests, Mrs. Sarah Danjuma, denied the allegation and vowed that the citizens protest will not be suspended untill the state is liberated from the shackles of political slavery.
According to her, the protesters will continue continue to carry out the peaceful protests until their cry is heard despite harassment, intimidations and threat to lives by the ruling APC in the state.
“Majority of us gathered here are widows, the aged women, Youths other concerned citizens who are are worried by the high level of political slavery. We did not cast our votes in the March 18 governorship election to Abdullahi Audi Sule but for David Emmanuel Ombugadu”.
“Our protest is to demand for the reversal of the Appeal court judgement, no political party is sponsoring us not even PDP. We are in PDP secretariat in solidarity with our candidate whose mandate is being stolen, Mrs Danjuma declared,” she said.
Danjuma explained that they have been tasking themselves on daily basis to transport, feed and provide for other contingencies, saying that the PDP or any other parties had no hands in the protests in the state
She said “How can anyone overlook the irregularities during the March 18 governorship election under the guise of technicalities in Gayam and Ciroma wards all in Lafia Local Government Area.
“The total number of accredited voters in Gayam ward according to INEC was about 13,000. Then in the result of that election 33,000 votes were given to the APC alone by INEC. This is traumatising, and that is the point we are making,” she added
“Meanwhile in Ciroma ward, the number of accredited voters according to INEC record is 21,000, but INEC announced 59,000 votes solely for the APC. Who will know all these and just fold hands in a democratic system?
“These and more are the discrepancies the court shielded and went ahead to nullified the tribunal victory of the David Ombugadu that is traumatising us as women in Nasarawa state.
“We know what it is costing us to wake up everyday to occupy the high way but it’s worth it because injustice is the greatest destroyer of any society. We can’t watch our only state to grow injustice.
“We take our lives in our hands everyday ignoring the danger associated with protest. Look at what the Nigerian Army did to us last three days ago while on peaceful praying as we protest. If not for God’s mercy on our side many of us would have been crushed to death.
“We have been called all kinds of names by the ruling APC that we are prostitutes. They said we are being paid to go nude. They said we are shameless and irresponsible.
“Nobody is sponsoring us, not even the PDP. Our children and relations give us money to transport to the venue of the protest. Sometime we beg Keke drivers to help us to the venue of the protest and some of them just show us pity and carry us free or collect less money from us.
“We are happy because we are paying the prize of true justice. God is seeing our suffering and He will hear our prayers. We call on the president, who is born by a woman like us to to listen to our cry for justice. The judiciary must remember that they are the last hope we have.
“They should not collect money or anything from any body and turn white to black in the name of technicalities, one day all of us will appear before the Almighty Supreme judgement of the most high God.”
She therefore urged Nigerians to fight for justice as a result, pointing out that injustice has terrible and destructive consequences.