Written by Chuks NZEH

JIDOP, wants Zamfara, Rivers, APC to apologize to electorate, recall PDP legislators

A Non Governmental Organization, under the aegis of Justice Initiative for the Disadvantaged and Oppressed Persons, has called on the Zamfara and  Rivers, states chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to apologize to the electorate for not abiding by the electoral Act in the conduct of their primaries for the 2019 general elections, thereby wasting the votes of the electorate casted for the deposed legislators and Governor, when their elections were voided by the Supreme Court, urging them to initiate the process of recalling the beneficiaries of the verdict. 

 

This is contained in a statement by the Chairman Board of Trustees, BOT,  Lawman Nzenwa, and reads in part, 

 

"We are of the opinion that the best alternative available to the APC at the moment is for it to tender unreserved apology to the electorates in Rivers State and Zamfara State for disfranchising the electorates through their acts of impunity. 

 

"The Supreme Court never disfranchised the people of Rivers State and Zamfara State by its judgments, as was submitted by certain elements within the APC.  The electorates were disenfranchised even before the cases were brought to court.

 

 

 "Rather than make moves that could and would ridicule the Supreme Court and the Nigerian Judiciary any further, the APC and its members should mobilize the electorates, particularly in Zamfara State, for the recall of the legislators who benefited from the Supreme Court’s judgment that foisted them on the electorates. 

 

"Upon the successful recall of the said legislators, fresh elections should be conducted in which the APC can participate if it qualifies. If the APC candidates were the popular choices of the electorates in the elections held earlier, then the same electorates would vote for the APC again. 

 

As it stands today, Nigerians are vigilantly watching the Supreme Court in particular and the Judiciary in general. Recently, the Judiciary lost a large portion of the goodwill it enjoyed from the populace following the incursion of the Executive into the dealings of judicial arm of government. 

 

"It will be a great disservice to the nation for any person or group of persons to further damage the already-battered image of the Judiciary on account of political expediency without considering the effect of such an action on the collective psyche and sensibility of Nigerians and the image of Nigeria in the eyes of the international community." Ezenwa noted.

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