Nigerians in London demand justice for NNPP in Kano
As part of the country’s 63rd independence celebration, Nigerians in the Diaspora have stormed the High Commission in London demanding for fairness in the Kano State governorship election trial.
The placard-carrying Nigerians protested against alleged interference of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under Abdullahi Ganduje in the election petition.
To drive home their demands for impartial and apolitical justice system that would be fair to the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) government in Kano, they converged at Nigerian embassy in London, yesterday, to demand justice from the APC-led Federal Government.
Convener of the protest, Dr Aminu Bello, told journalists at the event that they were at the embassy to protest against the recent judgment delivered by the Kano State Election Tribunal on the 2023 election, a judgment that raised serious questions about its fairness and ignited a call for justice.
According to him, the 2023 elections were a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s history, a time when Nigerians from all walks of life came together to exercise their democratic rights and choose their leaders.
He, however, observed that the recent development in Kano cast a shadow of doubt over these fundamental democratic principles.
“We want to emphasise a crucial point: it is only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that has the legal authority to cancel votes, not tribunal judges. The judiciary’s role is to interpret the law and ensure justice is served, not to alter the will of the people expressed at the ballot box.
“We firmly believe that justice must be blind and that the rule of law must prevail in all circumstances. The recent judgment has raised questions about whether justice has truly been served in this instance. We call upon all Nigerians, regardless of their political affiliation, to rise and fight for justice,” he pleaded.
Bello observed that democracy thrives on the diversity of political voices and the competition of ideas, noting that Nigeria should never be reduced to a one-party state; as, according to him, the strength of democracy lies in a vibrant multi-party system, where all citizens have a fair chance to express their choices and aspirations.
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