Protests rock Lafia over Court of Appeal ruling

Protests rock Lafia over Court of Appeal ruling

• “It is better to die than to live with unjust suffering.”
• Nasarawa PDP electoral council denies celebrating Sule’s victory.

Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, was brought to a standstill for several hours yesterday after angry demonstrators obstructed the movement of vehicles along the Makurdi-Akwanga expressway after the Court of Appeal overturned the ruling of the Governor’s Electoral Tribunal. It became.

The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel, has set aside the verdict of the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal that removed Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A court has declared Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate David Ombugadu the rightful winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election in the state on the basis of evidence that was not legally admissible. The evidence was preserved before the decision was made.

Spokesperson for the protesters, Abdul Issa, told the Guardian that the protests became necessary because Nasarawa residents could no longer tolerate the corruption happening at the Court of Appeal.

“We intend to peacefully resist the Court of Appeal’s mischievous decision. How could the Court of Appeal be able to overrule the court’s decision despite the overwhelming evidence presented?” Is it?

“We have no more patience. Injustice is the worst crime against humanity. People are sick, devastated and traumatized by what the Court of Appeal is doing in the name of judgment.

“No one should tell the Court of Appeals to stop protesting or to stop turning the Temple of Justice into a business center for handing over cash to some judges.
“We are starting in Nasarawa and we want all those who have suffered injustice to follow. This is the only country we have. Our democracy It has to be kept alive.”

The group urges President Ahmed Tinubu to intervene in the ongoing distortions and obstruction of the halls of justice in the Courts of Appeal across the country if he truly has Nigeria and Nigerians in mind. asked to do so.

The organization further appealed to the conscience of the judiciary to put the interests and future of the people and the country first, saying that if what is happening in the Court of Appeal continues, the country will be destroyed by those who do not support the judges. He pointed out that there is a possibility. .

The demonstrators, made up of women and young people, shouted, “There is no turning back” and “Please free us from this unjust siege.”

Some held placards that read, “Nasarawa cries for help, Tinubu save us.” “Like INEC, like the Court of Appeal. “Our vote was Democratic and not about technicalities.” “God bless the judges who still fear God.” “Our last hope in the Supreme Court.”

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State PDP Movement Council has denied reports suggesting that its secretary-general and former Minister of Information, Rabaran Maku, congratulated Sule on his victory in the Court of Appeal.
In a statement from Mike Omery, director of media and public relations, the council called for an immediate retraction and a full apology from those involved in the media.

“We demand an immediate retraction of the false report and a frank apology, or you should be prepared to meet us in court.”

The council reiterated its commitment to restore gubernatorial candidate Dr. David Ombugadu’s powers in the election, as the PDP state chairman, Mr. Francis Emokela Ologbu, had earlier announced that he would seek redress against the court’s erroneous ruling. He said he remained steadfast in his resolve. Appeal to the Supreme Court.


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