Supporters Urged to Stop Criticizing Judges in Presidential Election Petition Tribunal
In a bid to maintain peace and order in Nigeria, the member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, appealed to supporters of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, to refrain from casting aspersions on the judges of the Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal (PEPT). The tribunal’s judgement, which declared President Bola Tinubu as the victor, has been widely commended for its impartiality.
Ogah, in an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend in Abakaliki, stressed the importance of fostering unity and avoiding statements that could incite disaffection among Nigerians. He reminded supporters that Peter Obi himself greatly benefited from the judiciary, emphasizing that Obi served as the governor of Anambra State for eight years thanks to court rulings. Ogah expressed disappointment that the same judiciary that had been praised and commended when it ruled in favor of Obi was now being blackmailed by his supporters. He urged them to exercise restraint and trust in the legal system.
Regarding the 2023 elections, Ogah asserted that they were conducted freely, fairly, and credibly. He pointed out that the Labour Party’s significant progress in the political space would not have been possible if the election had been rigged. Ogah shared an example from his ward, stating that it was the first time an opposition party had received over 70 votes, making it a historical milestone. He voiced confidence in the Supreme Court to uphold the judgement of the tribunal and called on the Labour Party candidate to redirect the substantial resources being expended on legal matters towards the empowerment and welfare of the masses.
This plea for calm and understanding comes at a crucial time in Nigeria’s political landscape. With tensions running high, it is essential for citizens to respect the decisions of the judiciary and maintain peaceful coexistence. The country can only move forward when all parties involved prioritize unity, dialogue, and the best interests of the Nigerian people.