From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Residents of Nasarawa State have appealed to the Supreme Court to deliver a judgement on the 2023 governorship election that would ensure the peace and unity of the state.
The Voice reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dr. David Ombugadu, had filed an appeal against Governor Abdullahi Sule’s declaration in the state’s March 18 governorship poll.
The appeal is expected to be heard by the Apex court on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
Speaking with journalists on Saturday in Lafia, one of the residents, Musa Ibrahim, commended the judgements delivered so far by the Supreme Court, and expressed confidence that the apex court would deliver justice in the Nasarawa State case.
He said, “I want to appeal to the judges to handle the case of Nasarawa State with human face. They should avoid pronouncing judgements that could bring disunity, sow seed of discords, disintegration and division among the people.
“We collectively and unanimously gave our mandate to a candidate accepted by all, so technicality should be avoided in the case of Nasarawa. Our appeal is for the court to return our overwhelming mandate given during the March 18th, 2023 governorship election.”
He therefore, urged the Supreme Court to look at the merit of the case, identify with the popular mandate of the people in the interest of peace and unity which the state had been known for over years.
Another resident, a youth leader in the Akwanga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, Ewuga James, applauded President Bola Tinubu for not interfering with the Supreme Court’s rulings thus far, adding that his action would help to strengthen democracy in the country.
“Nasarawa State has over the years been a peaceful and loving state. We must do all we can to remain an indivisible state. Those saddled with the responsibility of determining the peace and unity of the state must shun religion, ethnic or political interest to sustain the oneness of the state.
“Our collective interest should not be sacrificed on the basis of religion, ethnic or political inclinations. The only panacea for the sustenance of our collective bargaining should be anchored on the fact that general interest be placed above individual,” he added.