PEPT: Ohanaeze urges Nigerians to brace for surprise verdict
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on Nigerians to prepare themselves for any outcome from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
Expressing concerns over heightened public expectations, Ohanaeze said it was drawing attention to disappointment experienced after the 2023 presidential election and warned that a similar scenario might unfold, following the tribunal’s verdict.
In a statement, yesterday, by Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group acknowledged widespread optimism that accompanied the 2023 election, following new electoral laws and assurance by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of a credible, free and fair process.
It said: “The introduction of electronic transmission of votes was expected to enhance transparency and accountability, giving confidence to citizens on the electoral system. However, the election outcome left many Nigerians disheartened and demoralised.
“Given the higher stakes and increased expectations leading up to the recent election, the atmosphere in Nigeria is now more tense. Nigerians await the verdict of the PEPT judges with a mix of anxiety and anticipation.
“Recognising this, Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges citizens to prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for potential surprises in the tribunal’s ruling. The organisation emphasises the need to temper expectations and remain resilient in the face of possible outcomes that may not align with public desires.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo expresses concern about the potential impact of the tribunal’s verdict on the nation’s mood and stability. The organisation acknowledges that high expectations could lead to disillusionment and unrest, if not managed effectively.
“By issuing this statement, Ohanaeze Ndigbo aims to promote a more balanced perspective, encouraging Nigerians to brace themselves for any surprising turn of events that may emerge from the tribunal’s decision.”
“As Nigerians eagerly await the verdict of the tribunal, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as the apex Igbo cultural organisation, advises citizens to prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for potential shocks or miracles.
“Drawing attention to the disappointment experienced after the 2023 presidential election, Ohanaeze Ndigbo emphasizes the need for resilience and realistic expectations. By doing so, the organisation hopes to foster a more stable and peaceful environment as the nation awaits the ruling.”
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