From Esther Akaa, Lafia
A group under the aegis of Coalition of Women Groups in Nasarawa State has vowed to continue to protest, occupying the streets of Lafia, until the Supreme Court delivers justice on the governorship battle between Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dr David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The group which matched for over four kilometers, while carrying placards with different inscriptions, such as: Count every vote, protect democracy in Nasarawa State, injustice kills democracy, Appeal Court has failed us, Supreme Court review BVAS records of Gayam and Ciroma Electoral Wards, among others.
Helen Dailob, who spoke at the conclusion of the protest, stated that since the incorrect announcement of the governorship election results in March, people have been on the streets demanding their rights.
According to her, even though they were called names, it didn’t matter to them because they are all responsible parents.
She added that they were protesting out of love for the state and a brighter future, debunking allegations by the APC in the state that they were sponsored by PDP.
“We are out on a peaceful protest and prayer seeking God’s intervention on our matter and we believe that we will smile at last,” she said.
Also speaking, Mama Barrau, from Akwanga Local Government Area of the state, said that she and her children travel daily from Akwanga to Lafia to join the protest.
Barrau explained that in the March 18 governorship election, they had cast their votes for Ombugadu PDP and not Gov Sule of the APC.
“What use would it serve to spend tax money on elections if votes were not counted,” she said.
On her part, Juliana Affiku from Lafia LGA, urged the Supreme Court to guarantee that justice is perceived to have been served by reviewing the BVAS records of the Gayam and Ciroma Electoral Wards of Lafia prior to rendering a decision.
She appealed to the apex court to protect democracy from implosion and to resist pressure to make concessions from any individual or faction.
The Voice earlier reported that Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, November 23 set aside the judgment of the tribunal of Oct 2 and declared Gov Sule of the APC as the winner of March 18 governorship election.
However, Ombugadu, the PDP candidate, thereafter filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, contesting the decision to the Court of Appeal.