From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Women in Nasarawa State on Christmas day took to the streets protesting and demanding justice in the appeal filed at the Supreme Court over the gubernatorial election in the State.
Speaking during the protest, the women led by Hanatu John, expressed intense grief that the Appeal Court overturned the ruling of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which earlier declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Dr David Ombugadu winner of the March 18 Governorship Election in the state.
John said the women were dissatisfied with the Appeal Court Judgement, resulting in their sobriety during the Christmas festive period.
She said, “We have been here since March protesting what we can describe as injustice. Celebrating Christmas seems void when our mandate was stolen from us.
“We are therefore urging the Supreme Court to rectify the perceived electoral injustice because we have faith in the esteemed judges of the Supreme Court.
“We believe in your sense of justice, and we implore you to restore our mandate so that we may enter the new year with a new governor.”
Another protester, Margaret Alu, visibly distraught, highlighted the personal sacrifices made for the cause.
“We are in anguish.We have left our husbands and children behind because there’s nothing to celebrate. We seek justice, and until our mandate is returned, we will not relent,” she voiced in anguish.
“We are here because there is no joy at home. Some among us are widows, others jobless, and our lands are ravaged by Fulani herdsmen,” she said.
Similarly, Ngozi Anthony appealed to the Supreme Court judges to act with righteousness and not echo the decisions of the Appeal Court, and emphasized the importance of upholding justice and the will of the people.
“We need a change of government. Ombugadu, our son, won the election, and we demand that his mandate be reinstated,” she added.
The Voice reports that the women who were with placards and highly emotional during the protest, expressed hoped that the Supreme Court would hear their plea for justice and turn their hopelessness into a ray of hope.