May 29: Anxiety as Supreme Court decides Tinubu-Shettima’s fate
There is palpable fear and anxiety ahead of the landmark Supreme Court judgment regarding the victory of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.
The Supreme Court will today, Friday, decide on Tinubu’s victory over alleged double nomination by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
DAILY POST reports that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is seeking Tinubu and the Vice-President-elect, Kashim Shettima’s disqualification, over alleged double nomination.
PDP claimed the act violated the electoral laws.
The appellant anchored its appeal on the claims that the appellate court erred in law when it dismissed its appeal and affirmed the judgment of a trial court which held that the suit was incompetent and lacking in merit.
PDP pointed out that the ruling party breached the law by nominating Shettima as the senatorial candidate for Borno Central and as vice-presidential candidate.
However, the anticipated ruling is causing some measure of panic among Nigerians.
Tinubu is expected to be inaugurated on May 29 as the next Nigerian president, but the decision of the apex court might either make or marr the event.
Speaking ahead of the judgement, Chuks Ibegbu, a public affairs analyst, said the ruling of the Supreme Court should not be a cause for alarm.
Ibegbu urged Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used in causing mayhem after the apex court ruling.
The chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo told DAILY POST: “Well the Supreme Court is the Highest in the land. There should be no cause for alarm. Whatever decision they take is Supreme. We hope their decision will be the best in the interest of justice and Nigeria.
“I want to advise all Nigerians to be law abiding. Nobody should allow anybody to use him as a tool for mayhem.
“Politicians must never be allowed to sow the seed of discord on us. We have many things in common, viz- marriage, workplace relationship, religious companionship, etc, and when these politicians finally settle down in office it’s their wives, children, girlfriends, associates etc they care for and their bottomless pockets.”
Release Nnamdi Kanu as parting gift to Ndigbo – Ibe begs Buhari
The newly appointed member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Advisory Council, Prof Gregory Ibe has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to hearken to several calls from many eminent Nigerians and release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said that doing so could become a parting gift to Ndigbo and will also carve Buhari a place in the Igbo Hall of Fame.
Ibe made the appeal in a personal letter titled, “Passionate Intercession For Compassionate Release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.
The founder of Gregory University, Uturu, who said that Ndigbo had been contributing to the development of Nigeria, however, said that Kanu’s prolonged detention had exacerbated the deep-seated disillusionment in the minds of of the Igbos about the way they are valued or treated in Nigeria.
“While I acknowledge that there have been concerns regarding some of his actions, inactions and rhetoric, it is essential to remember that dialogue and engagement are preferable to protracted detention for addressing such issues.
“By releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, you have the chance to demonstrate magnanimity, statesmanship, and to cultivate an inclusive attitude among the Igbo people.
“It would demonstrate that, under your leadership, the Nigerian government values the concerns and aspirations of all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity”, Ibe said
He reminded President Buhari that the release of Kanu would promote national healing, reconciliation, and unity as Nigeria proceeds forward, saying that it would also help in constructing a stronger and prosperous Nigerian nation, as well as address growing unrest in certain regions of the country.
He recalled how citizens like Asari Dokubo, Government Tompolo and Sunday Igboho, who upon release from detention, have integrated and realigned themselves back to the societal task of nation building.
He said they were now promoting peace in their regions and urged the outgoing President to release Kanu for peace to reign in the South-East.