Youth coalition in Nasarawa hails Tinubu over Friday’s Supreme Court verdicts

By David Okpashi

Following the judgments delivered on Friday, January 13, 2024, which gives victory across four political parties, and believed to be acceptable to most Nigerians, a youths coalition based in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capita on Saturday hailed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Supreme Court justices for restoring the confidence of Nigerians on the Judiciary.

They Youth Coalition in a press conference addressed by its Chairman, Barr. Iliya Ashokpa Auna,  held in Lafia, said refusal by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to interfere, but joined in safe-guarding the principles of separation of powers has not only restored Nigerians’ confidence, but  strengthen  his ‘Renew Hope’ agenda for the future of the country.

The youth groups who noted that the  March 18, 2023 election witnessed an overwhelming turnout of voters, regardless of religious or ethnic affiliations,  turned out against the will and wishes of the people with the declaration of Engr. Abdullahi Sule of the APC as winner.

“The voters turned out and exercised their democratic right by voting for the candidate of their choice. While the majority of our people believed that Hon. David Emmanuel Ombugadu of the PDP will emerge victorious with a substantial margin, the process was peaceful and convivial. However, to our shock Engr. Abdullahi Sule of the APC was declared the winner against the run of play by INEC.

“The over turn of the electoral process led to widespread peaceful protests across the state. This unjust decision created despair and threatened to cast doubt on the meaning of democracy and outs real intent. The outcome left the people with their voices muffled, harassed and silenced”, the group alleges.

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According to the youth group, the election tribunal recognized the merit of the petition filled by Ombugadu as a result of which he was declared as the rightful winner eventually which they claimed brought temporary relief to the people because.

“Dissatisfied with the tribunal however, Governor Sule approached the Court of Appeal. To the utter dismay of the people, the appeal court granted Sule’s wishes based on technicalities, not merit, disregarding the peace”.

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