The Supreme Court judgment on the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria has elicited many reactions and responses from individuals and groups. Some people are asking where God is when all these atrocities are being promoted and advertised by the INEC and finally, by the Supreme Court. Well, there are so many questions which people – local and foreign are asking, in the context of the compromised Nigerian judicial system, and the corrupt and additionally compromised INEC.
Other questions are also being asked, because of the insensitivity, lack of insight, lopsided and tribal appointments, and lack of direction by the Bola Tinubu APC-led Federal Government; including ASO ROCK being downgraded to the status of a personal parlour of the APC president, to the extent that his son, can decide to use presidential plane to attend parties or football match or other casual events. Some people also said, there is nothing more left of this concept designated as Nigeria because of the corrupt judiciary and their compromised judgements, particularly as it affects the 2023 presidential election clearly won by Labour. Party, as represented by results from the different polling units, and the parties’ situation rooms.
I am sure someone is asking me what I think of the Supreme Court’s judgment. Most Labour Party supporters have continued to ask me this question, to know what I will say. I only laugh. And each time I do, they will look at my face again to make sure I am laughing, and not lamenting and weeping for everything that has gone wrong in the 2023 election, in which I actively participated. As they watch me smile, they don’t know there are things I know nature can do, if human errors and mischief want to destroy a peaceful process and enthrone, corrupt and evil systems through violence and brutality, through the use and abuse of state’s authority and apparatuses. They don’t know that I am aware that if a woman gets married, and is being maltreated by her husband, she has a choice and the right to abandon the place that is hostile to her and go back to her father’s house to save her life and have peace of mind.
They don’t know that I understand Amalgamation to be part of a colonial policy, and the some 250 ethnic nationalities, were not consulted before Lord Lugard and his mistress, invented the name ‘Nigeria’. They don’t know I understand that with the way INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud rigged the 2023 election, particularly the presidential one, the next election will be won by Armed robbers and kidnappers, who will use the period, from now to 2027 to organize themselves and form a political party. On the day of the election, all of them will come out with guns and knives, the way APC did during the 2023 governorship election in Lagos state, and kill anyone who wants to stop them from snatching and escaping with ballot boxes. Because they know the Judiciary will endorse whatever pronouncements INEC will make.Good or bad.
I also know that the verdicts of a compromised judiciary can only have effect to a point where its jurisdiction is recognized and respected, to the extent that, the indigenous people can resuscitate their identity, and be ready to defend their right to self-preservation and determination, as being demonstrated around the world; and as also duly recognized by the United Nations. There are options available to people and groups when public institutions like the judiciary and INEC have been hijacked by antidemocratic forces and directly lost their essence of working for public good and order. So it means that the judiciary and INEC have been hijacked by power merchants, and dictators through corrupt electoral and judicial systems and processes, and have only succeeded, in creating more exit options for the indigenous people, who are still contending with a concept like Nigeria, under serious contests. If these are options, can it be true that the verdict of a corrupt Supreme Court is final?
Hon. Emma Chidi Ofoegbu is the Secretary, of Azubuike Emmanuel Umeadi Campaign Council, Labour Party House of Representative, Alimosho Federal Constituency, Lagos State. November 5, 2023
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