Over 100 Nigerians worried about the ongoing presidential electoral tribunal procedures have signed a petition seeking justice and transparency.
According to Vanguard, the action comes amid rising worries about suspected electoral malpractices during the February 25 presidential election, which called the results’ legitimacy into question.
The petition, launched by the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians and addressed to various justices, underscores the anger and anxiety felt by a sizable segment of the population.
“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,” the appeal to Hon. Justice Haruna Tsammani, leader of the 5-man panel reviewing presidential election petitions, said.
“As the lead judge of the distinguished panel of judges tasked with adjudicating the 2023 presidential election petition, we implore you to honour and strictly adhere to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to which you have all solemnly sworn allegiance.”
“At this critical juncture in Nigeria’s history, we implore you to put the welfare and interests of our great nation ahead of any personal concerns.”
“Nigeria is at a tipping point right now, with citizens from all walks of life banding together to protect our democracy through free, fair, and credible elections.” We have faith in your judgement and fairness to recognise the enormity of the situation.
“It is critical to note that invited and accredited election observers, such as the European Union mission, have provided detailed reports highlighting numerous irregularities prior to, during, and after the elections.”
“These reports, along with other substantial evidence, have been presented to this tribunal with diligence.” We implore you to take these essential pieces of information into account and apply the law with the utmost objectivity and justice.
“The judiciary bears the sacred responsibility of being the common man’s last hope.” Nigerians at home and abroad are looking to you for fairness in this historic and unique election.
“Your decisions will have a significant impact on the future of our country.” This is an excellent opportunity for each of you to leave your mark on Nigerian history by supporting the principles of fairness and equity.
“As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ We beg you, as guardians of justice, to recognise the deep importance of your work and the influence it has on our community as a whole.
“By delivering a fair and impartial verdict, you will not only uphold the principles of justice, but you will also inspire faith and confidence in our judiciary.”
“Justice postponed is justice denied.” Let us band together in our pursuit of a Nigeria where justice reigns supreme and democracy thrives.”