More than 100 worried Nigerians have jointly signed a petition advocating for fairness and openness in the current presidential electoral tribunal hearings. According to Vanguard, this action has been prompted by mounting worries regarding suspected electoral irregularities that cast doubt on the legitimacy of the February 25 presidential election results.
The petition, led by the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians (CCN) and directed towards multiple justices, underscores the widespread frustration and unease experienced by a substantial portion of the voting population.
The petition addressed to Hon. Justice Haruna Tsammani, leader of the 5-man panel handling presidential election petitions, read: “We, the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians CCN, write to you today with a deep sense of responsibility and a firm belief in the sanctity of justice.
”As the lead judge of the esteemed panel of judges entrusted with the critical task of adjudicating the 2023 presidential election petition, we implore you to honour and strictly abide by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to which you have all solemnly sworn allegiance.
“At this pivotal time in Nigeria’s history, we call upon you to prioritize the welfare and interests of our great nation above any individual concerns.
”Nigeria stands at a watershed this moment, where citizens from all corners of our diverse nation have united to safeguard our democracy through free, fair, and credible elections. We trust in your wisdom and impartiality to recognize the gravity of this moment.
“It is crucial to note that invited and accredited election observers, such as the European Union mission, have presented detailed reports highlighting numerous aberrations before, during and after the elections.
”These reports, along with other substantial evidence, have been diligently presented before this tribunal. We beseech you to consider these vital pieces of evidence and apply the law with the utmost objectivity and fairness.
“The judiciary holds the sacred responsibility of being the last hope of the common man. Nigerians at home and abroad anxiously look forward to you for justice in this unprecedented and distinct election.
”Your decisions will profoundly impact the course of our nation’s future. This is a golden opportunity for each of you to etch your names in the annals of Nigeria by upholding the principles of justice and equity.
“In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ As guardians of justice, we implore you to recognize the profound importance of your role and the impact it has on our society as a whole.
“By delivering a just and unbiased verdict, you will not only uphold the principles of justice but also inspire faith and confidence in our judiciary.
”Justice delayed is justice denied. Let us unite in our pursuit of a Nigeria where justice prevails, and democracy thrives.”
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