Amidst the protracted wait for a verdict in the presidential electoral tribunal proceedings, a compelling petition has emerged, bearing the signatures of over one hundred concerned Nigerians.
The petition, a call for justice, transparency, and an impartial decision, is a reflection of growing apprehensions surrounding the delayed judgment on the case brought against President Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi had challenged Tinubu’s victory in the February 25th, 2023 presidential election.
The petition, initiated by the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians (CCN), and addressed to several justices highlights the frustrations and anxieties felt by a significant portion of the electorate.
The petition addressed to Hon. Justice Haruna Tsammani, reads: “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 at 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 Nigerian history 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.”