From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Concerned Group in Nasarawa State has called on the Supreme Court to carefully review the recent ruling by the Appeal Court reversing the State Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal ‘s decision that sacked Governor Abdullahi Sule.
Speaking at the end of a peaceful protest held in Lafia against the judgement, Convener of the group, Comrade Adamu Henry, called on the Supreme Court to address the seeming injustice committed by the Appeal Court in order to uphold the ideals of democracy in the country.
According to him, the judgment fell short of real democratic principles that govern the nation, especially the principle of majority rule.
He expressed worry over the decision of the Court that seemed to shield the insincerity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), thereby questioning the credibility of the electoral processes.
He said: “We wish to highlight specific instances of irregularities that were overlooked by the tribunal under the guise of technicalities. In Gayam ward of Lafia Local Government Area, for instance, the total number of accredited voters was recorded as 13,000, while an astonishing 33,000 votes were given to the APC alone. Similarly, in Chiroma ward, the number of accredited voters was documented as 21,000, but INEC announced a staggering 59,000 votes solely for the APC.
“These discrepancies, among others, were conveniently shielded by the tribunal, completely disregarding the fundamental principles and integrity of our electoral system.
“We firmly believe that it is the responsibility of our judiciary to uphold the principles of justice, fairness, and merit in all its judgements. In this particular case, the lack of a thorough investigation into the glaring irregularities is an affront to these principles and undermines the trust of the people in our justice system.
“It is therefore essential that the judiciary, as a pillar of democracy, does not inadvertently provide a platform for the perpetration of electoral injustice.
“We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take these grievances seriously and ensure that there is no room for irregularities and manipulation in future elections. The true essence of democracy lies in the ability of citizens to participate in free and fair elections, and it is the duty of INEC to safeguard this right.”
He, therefore said that the group was committed to pursuing justice and fairness, and would continue to work towards ensuring that the will of the people prevails, not only in the state but the country at large.
Also speaking,the PDP Women Leader, Hon. Stella Oboshi expressed displeasure over the brutality of some security agents on the protesting women on Monday, urging them to desist from such acts, saying the women have been peaceful during the protest.
” We have demonstrating peaceful for over 6 months since after the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Sule by INEC as the winner of the March 18 governorship election and there have been no destruction or an act of disobedience to the laws of the country.
” We feel who we voted for was not the person INEC announced and we want justice to prevail and to our greatest surprise, some security agents yesterday brutalised our women. Some of the women were injured and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital,” she said.
The PDP Women Leader who doubled as the Leader of Peaceful Women Demonstration Group in the state, called on the security agencies to protect the women as they seek for justice.
She urged the women to continue to be law abiding during the protest, which, according to her, would continue until the Supreme Court judgment.
The Voice had reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, reversed the nullification of the election of Gov Sule by the election tribunal and declared him the winner of the March 18 governorship election held in the state.