In a stunning twist of fate, the Nigerian political landscape was plunged into turmoil as the Supreme Court upheld President Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory. This according to the Labour Party (LP) vehement accusations, claiming that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had orchestrated a takeover of the legislative and judicial branches of government.
In a fiery press briefing that unfolded mere hours after the apex court dismissed appeals by the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his LP counterpart, Peter Obi, LP’s Chairman, Julius Abure, spoke out with defiant resolve. Despite their profound disappointment, they declared their unwavering optimism for the nation’s future.
A seven-judge panel led by the indomitable Justice John Iyang Okoro issued a resounding verdict. They ruled that the opposition’s appeals, based on allegations of fraud, electoral law violations, and Tinubu’s alleged ineligibility, simply lacked merit. This was a decisive and unprecedented affirmation of the September 6, 2023, ruling by the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, which had upheld the triumphant ascent of APC’s Tinubu.
For Abure, the period from the 2023 presidential election until this day is a disheartening journey, revealing a nation spiraling perilously toward dictatorship. In his words, “We weep for our institutions that cannot rise to the occasion and courageously defend democracy and the voices of our people.”
What has unfolded in Nigeria is a poignant reflection of how institutions have faltered, democracy has been jeopardized, and the executive arm has allegedly ensnared the judiciary and legislature. It’s a distressing reality for the country’s democracy, and even more so for its people.
In an emotionally charged declaration, Abure lamented the desecration of the principles held dear by the nation’s forebears, the erosion of the sacrifices made for independence, and the destruction of years of toil dedicated to electoral and constitutional reforms. He bemoaned the ambition of a few that has wrought such havoc.
The Labour Party chairman boldly asserted that he and other party leaders, including Peter Obi, have been targeted by the government in an attempt to suppress the party and its vision for a rejuvenated Nigeria.
Abure passionately called on the international community to rise to the occasion and defend democracy in Nigeria, recalling the resounding global condemnation of the presidential election outcome.
Despite these turbulent times, he urged Nigerians not to relinquish their hope for a brighter future. “A new Nigeria is still possible,” he proclaimed, rallying the spirits of a nation that stands at a crossroads, its destiny hanging in the balance.