Saturday, 22 August 2015

WHY BUHARI MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH THE ELECTION TRIBUNALS

why Buhari must not interfere with election tribunals

Abba Moro the former minister of interior as alleged fears that the current president Buhari and the ruling party in Nigeria All Progressive Congress (APC) may have concluded plans to interfere with the election tribunals judgment sittings across Nigeria.

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According to our source There are fears that President Muhammadu Buhari might be used to influence victory for the Governor Samuel Ortom of the APC in the petition brought against by him by Prince Terhemen Tarzoor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). What’s your take on this?

I think that fear is palpable, because of the activities that have been set in the past in the development of democracy in Nigeria. There is this fear that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a product of the APC, can, most likely, use his position as the president of Nigeria to influence judgments in the various tribunals in favour of elected officials on the platform of APC whose elections are in the courts and in the tribunals.

The fear was actually accentuated a week ago when the newspapers were awash with stories that the president has set up a 10-man committee headed by himself to help salvage the electoral fortunes of APC members where their elections are threatened either in the courts or in the tribunals. And of course, particularly in Benue State, after the outcome of the meeting of APC gubernatorial candidates aggrieved on the emergence of Samuel Ortom as the candidate for the party that won the election eventually.
Having said that, therefore, I think it will be wise as a patriotic Nigerian to advise Mr President not to go all the way to influence the activities of the tribunals, not just in Benue State but across the country, because to do so will send a wrong signal on his preparedness to fight corruption.
Secondly, it will be a serious drawback on our fledgling democracy and democratic process where justice cannot be obtained when obvious acts of undemocratic practices characterize even the nomination of candidates to run for elections. And so, I think that Mr President will listen to the yearlings of the Nigerian people to allow justice to prevail. To some extent, the past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan allowed free, fair and credible elections in states even controlled by opposition. It’s on record.
And so, President Buhari would further deepen the tenets of democracy if he extends further this attitude of non-interference in the electoral process, including the tribunal processes. I think that that is the right thing to do and that will show to Nigerians that the president is actually prepared to fight corruption to a very large extent.

Well what do you guys think? your opinion is most welcomed .

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