In Bauchi, the Coalition for Democratic Right (CDR) has expressed disappointment over what transpired at the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal last month, raising concerns over respect for people’s mandate during a well contested electoral process as principles of democracy.
The Coalition was reacting to the recent judgment of the Tribunal in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) which won the election as declared by INEC.
“It is important to remind all critical stakeholders that Kano maintains a strong position in the socioeconomic status of northern Nigeria, trigger to any form of political tension will eventually destabilise all northern states”
“As a Coalition that promotes democracy, we decided to add our voices on the need to ensure that the mandate of the good people of Kano state us allowed, otherwise, the consequences would create nothing other than regret because of volatility of Kano State that every northern state rely on due to its strategic geographical location and business environment”
“We wish to make it clear that we are not members of the NNPP neither we are indigenes of Kano state, but we take it as a social responsibility to caution all those that have stake in trying to create tension in Kano by attempting scuttle the people’s mandate shall think twice”
Reacting to the development, while carrying placards on a peaceful protest at Tafawa Balewa Tump, Ibrahim Babayo, Director of Strategic Communications of the Coalition, stated that “The democratic process is the cornerstone of our nation, and it is imperative that every citizen’s vote is treated with respect and fairness.
“Any allegations of misconduct or irregularities during elections must be thoroughly investigated and addressed through a transparent and impartial judicial system.”
Ibrahim Babayo further stated that “The Kano State Gubernatorial Election Petition shall provide justice and uphold only, the rule of law which is of paramount importance to the sustainance of our 24 year old democracy.
“We call upon all stakeholders, including the judiciary, the electoral commission, political parties, and the public, to display the highest level of integrity, fairness, and adherence to the rule of law in discharging their constitutional responsibilities.
Continuing, he said “The credibility of our democratic institutions hinges on their ability to operate without bias or prejudice.
“As all respondents file an appeal and are currently awaiting hearing, we urge the appellate court to conduct a thorough review of the Kano State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal’s judgment to ascertain its fairness and adherence to the due process.”
He also stated that “It is essential that the masses have faith in the electoral process, and this can only be achieved through transparency, accountability, and a commitment to justice.
“We also implore all political actors and parties to respect the rule of law and refrain from any actions that may incite violence or undermine the peace and stability of our great nation.
“In conclusion, we emphasize the need for all stakeholders to discharge their constitutional responsibilities with a deep sense of justice and a fear of God.
“Our democracy thrives when it is built on the principles of fairness, accountability, and transparency. We remain committed to upholding these principles and ensuring that the voice of the people is heard and respected,” he added.