REACTIONS have continued to greet the verdicts of Appeal Court in Sokoto and High Court in Abuja, on rulings that sacked all APC candidates that emerged from the party’s primaries for the Zamfara State Governorship, National Assembly elections and the vacation of orders restraining INEC from further collation of results in Bauchi, at the same level of the national elections concluded recently in the country.
The rulings delivered on Monday, drew reactions with People’s Democratic Party (PDP), leading the line in extolling the sagacity of the courts on the Bauchi judgement even as they are cautious in the Zamfara ruling.
Speaking through the National Publicity Secretary, People’s Democratic Party, Kola Ologbondiyan, on the development, he stated that the verdicts of both the High and Appeal Courts indicate that people’s confidence in the court as last hope for the ordinary people is still alive; describing the Bauchi judgement as good judicial precedence.
“Bauchi ruling was victory for democracy and triumph of judicial process,” he noted.
He was however ambivalent on the Zamfara ruling, insisting that a careful study should be carried out before any statement is released in that regard.
In a similar vein, PDP stalwart and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has joined in giving thumb-up to the courts on its ruling in the Bauchi, Zamfara cases, describing it as indication of hope for Nigeria’s democracy.
“Hope appears not lost for democracy in Nigeria after all.”
Lampooning the murky parts of the electoral processes that breed impunity, Fayose berated APC for flouting set rules at will. In his words, ” those who cannot play by their own rules and run the affairs of their own party in accordance with laid down rules should not be rewarded with elective positions. ”
He urged INEC to obey the court ruling by quickly handing certificate of returns to the PDP governor elect, National Assembly members elect, as they should be the lawful holders and not the APC members.
It will be recalled that allegations of unruly acts from politicians and their parties are becoming worrisome issues in the country. The recent court decisions have sent signal that the judiciary may be up against any impunity forthwith.
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