Ohanaeze, addressing the Presidential Election Tribunal, warns the judges that a wrong decision could spark a coup in Niger

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The Ohanaeze sociocultural organization has warned the judges of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal not to make a mistake in their judgement, which is now anticipated by the people of Nigeria.

If the judges make a mistake, Ohanaeze said, Nigerians could face a situation similar to the military takeover in the neighboring Niger Republic.

There have been charges of anomalies and non-compliance with electoral regulations, and the organization has advised the judiciary to make an impartial decision about the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group’s factional secretary general, said that noncompliance with the IREV system, which allows for the electronic transfer of election results from polling units to the INEC central computer, added gasoline to the fire.

According to a statement released by Isiguzoro, “as Nigerians eagerly await the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), their expectations are high for an unbiased and uncompromised judgment.”

“In addition, the interpretation of the constitutional requirement that a presidential candidate obtain a majority vote in two-thirds of the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja is a critical question that the judiciary must resolve.

In light of recent developments like the military takeover in Niger, we stress the gravity of making a mistake in judgment. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo cultural group, has warned the PEPT judges not to make a mistake in their decision. Nigerians get the seriousness of this warning and the potential outcomes of making a poor decision. A poor verdict could weaken public faith in the democratic process and lead to social and political instability; the judiciary, therefore, must go beyond the immediate consequences of their choices.

Recent occurrences, like the military coup in Niger, serve as a sobering reminder of the significance of respecting the rule of law and safeguarding democracy. The people of Nigeria have seen firsthand the damage that can come from political turmoil and the weakening of democratic institutions. The PEPT should learn from this and understand the significance of its work in protecting Nigeria’s democracy and the legitimacy of its elections.

In regards to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in 2023, “the expectations of Nigerians are rooted in the desire for an unbiased and uncompromised verdict.”

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