Anxiety in Nasarawa over impending Supreme Court judgment
By Faith Awa Maji
Anxiety has gripped residents from various parts of Nasarawa State ahead of the Supreme Court judgement on the governorship poll.
Some residents through telephone conversations with Faith Maji’s Blog said that if the verdict of the apex court fails the expectation of the masses, the fragile peace in the State may lead to another crisis.
“We woke up yesterday to find out that Nasarawa State now has Fulani vigilance group and this also when I said this also, I’m talking about the tomorrow’s judgement of the Supreme Court.
“When a court gives judgement that is not in tandem with democratic integrity, the consequences leave the society with deep wounds that may result into insecurity and all forms of criminalities.
“When you set up a government procured by illegitimate jurisprudence or what we call miscarriage of justice, the outcome will be banditry and kidnapping which has become the practice”.
The residents all pleaded anonymity in all their conversations, urged the Judiciary against delivering judgements that generate controversy in electoral matters.
They said some States in Nigeria are suffering from violence, youths restiveness and poverty due to decisions of the courts against the will of the masses.
The residents cautioned that, “we are all aware of the last court judgement on Kano and Plateau States and how peace is currently being enjoyed because the judgement delivered was a true reflection of wishes of the masses.
“When you force anybody who did not secure the majority votes on the masses, who is he coming to rule when he did not win the majority votes of citizens in the State?
Some further advised that as the last hope of the ordinary man, the Supreme Court should have it in mind the devastating consequences of their decisions especially when it is overtly clear that a candidate won an election and technicalities are used to nock down the true winners and declare the one who lost at the ballots.
A community leader in Doma Local Government Area, Malam Galadima Umar Babamaishanu also told Guardian correspondent in Nasarawa State that the greatest enemy of peace in any society is injustice.
“Peace for one is peace for all. The court should please give the rightful person that won the election, and peace will reign.
“My brother let us be honest we all know who won that governorship election in Nasarawa State. But you know what has been happening in the State. But now it is in the hands of the Supreme Court. I am afraid if that judgement does not favor the masses it won’t go well, I’m telling you this because I trust you will not mention my name”, according to another resident who is familiar with security situation in Nasarawa State.
On the part of the Women for Justice, they pleaded with Supreme Court to ensure justice for the people of Nasarawa State so that peace, unity and development will return to the State. “We will continue in our peaceful protest in line with democratic principles until fair and true justice is administered to return the masses support to David Ombugadu of the PDP in the March 18th governorship election.