In the aftermath of the Court of Appeal’s turnaround affirming Governor Abdullahi Sule as the victor in the 2023 Nasarawa State governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) issued a call on Tuesday for the Supreme Court to meticulously scrutinize the recent judgment.
The state election petitions tribunal had initially ousted Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on October 2, declaring David Ombugadu of the PDP as the rightful winner.
However, the appellate court overturned this decision, asserting that the tribunal had erred in recomputing votes, reinstating Sule as the governor.
Stella Oboshi, PDP women leader in the state, expressed her apprehension during a peaceful protest in Lafia, the state capital, urging the apex court to thoroughly examine the appeal court’s judgment to safeguard democratic ideals in Nigeria.
Oboshi flagged concerns that the judgment appeared to shield the alleged insincerity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in declaring Sule as the duly elected governor.
She pointed out specific irregularities, such as inflated votes in Gayam ward and Chiroma ward, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive investigation.
The PDP chieftain underscored the judiciary’s role in upholding justice, fairness, and merit in its judgments.
She criticized the lack of a thorough investigation into glaring irregularities, considering it a breach of these principles and undermining the people’s trust in the justice system.
Oboshi deplored the alleged brutalization of women supporters during a previous protest, urging security agencies to refrain from harassing party members.
Emphasizing their peaceful demonstrations over six months, she clarified their intent was seeking justice, not causing trouble.
Calling for protection, she asserted the protesters’ right to seek justice through peaceful means, insisting that their votes did not align with INEC’s announcement, and they sought a fair resolution without violence.
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