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TMG blasts Supreme Court over Rivers, Akwa Ibom judgements

05 February 2016, 11:28

Abuja - Leading election monitors in Nigeria, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has accused the Supreme Court of legalising electoral robberies with the judgments which validated the victories of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State in the 2015 general elections.

According to the group, the Supreme Court had by the verdicts refused to give judgments to the people of the two states whose will have been subverted by politicians.

The group in a statement by its  Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said the court has decided to give judgments and not justice.

Also read: PDP slams Oyegun over comments on Wike’s victory

The apex court had about two weeks ago upturned the decision of the Appeal Court which nullified the election of Governor Wike.

The apex court also on Wednesday reversed the nullification of the electoral victory of Governor Udom by the Court of Appeal.

The apex court is yet to give reasons for the reversal of the judgments of the appellate court which was based on complaints of massive violence and electoral malpractices during the election.

The group statement reads: For us, it is absolutely shocking that the Supreme Court has decided to act as if it exists in another planet. The TMG is perturbed by the strange legal reasoning that has informed the blank cheque that the court has given to election riggers.

“We make bold to say that while the legal premise behind these judgments is best known to the apex court, the open reward for electoral impunity does not resonate with the Nigerian people.

“As the foremost election observation coalition in the country, we see the Supreme Court judgments as clear cut attempts at legalising electoral robberies. These judgments, particularly on Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, have merely given judicial imprimatur to the damaging mind set of rapacious politicians who would stop at nothing in their bid to subvert the will of the people.

“What these judgments what they have effectively done is to ridicule Nigeria in the eyes of the international community, while diminishing our country’s stature in the comity of lovers of democracy around the world.

“Painfully, the biggest losers are the ordinary people in the states who have been denied their democratic choices on account of the violence and impunity that characterised the polls in those states.

“In the end, what the Supreme Court has succeeded in doing is to spit on the graves of all those innocent Nigerians who lost their lives as a result of the activities of those hell bent on subverting the will of the people.”

“And in due course, those who wilfully killed and maimed in the desperate bid to capture power, would be held to account” .

“Even beyond the justice of the Supreme Court, there is the justice of the Almighty.”

- News 24

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