Justice: Only Key to our Yuletide Celebrations Nasarawa – women protesters


By Dauda Omaku

LAFIA — Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, ‘ Christmas in Nasarawa State has been described as the worst of it kind due to what is termed electoral injustice pavating the peace of the state.

Women for Justice’ in the state who made the ascertion in Lafia Tuesday lamented that the agony of an alleged electoral falsification, out come of appeal court judgement left both Christians and other religious faithfuls in sadness and could not celebrate the joy of Christmas.

The women for justice made up of widows, aged and mid aged women numbering ove 500 expressed disappointment and frustration over what they described as the miscarriage of justice following the declaration of governor Abdullahi Sule as winner of the March 18 governorship election by INEC.

Speaking to journalists while on peaceful protest Tuesday in Lafia the state capital, the women appealed to the judiciary to handle election petition cases with the electorates in mind, shun intimidation, financial gain for spiritual reward.

Mrs. Hanatu John who spoke to journalists expressed worries and said that the women in Nasarawa, including men are sad because they never expected that by now their candidate David Ombugadu is not announced as governor of the state.

“I did not even know today is Christmas because I am worried over what INEC did on 18th of March. Again the court of appeal further compounded it when in their judgement the tribunal judgement was nullified.

“Since the inception of Nasarawa state women have never embarked on a protest of this magnitude but this election outcome triggered this protest because it was obvious the result of the election was manipulated in favor of A A Sule.

“Anything that keeps old women and widows on the streets protesting for over nine month despite all the risks is a serious issue that must not be overlooked. Older women are not looking for money or power but a legacy that brings peace to the society.

“Democracy will be no more if the rich politicians use their monies and Influence to wiggle their way into offices and not through popular votes.

“In places where democracy is being practiced they respect the majority choice of electorates. We all have consciences. Truth is the only medicine that heals a wounded conscience. We appeal to the judiciary to look deeply into the merit of the case of David Ombugadu and governor Abdullahi Sule before it.

“When citizens have undoubted knowledge that their votes do not count, then anarchy is planted and will soon bring fort fruits in abondance.

“To See the light and still call it dark is traumatizing and leaving us in excruciating pains. That is why we can’t sleep at home with our children and husbands. Our state is literally sick.

Mrs. Margaret Alu appealed to the Apex Court to be neutral against all influences and dig deep into what transpired at Gayam and Chiroma wards in Lafia where total number of votes cast was more than the total number of registered voters in the two wards.

Margaret lamented that most people are sick because of the manipulation of the election result by INEC. “Huge jubilation took place in Nasarawa state when the tribunal declared David Ombugadu as the right winner of the March 18th governorship elections but the appeal court judgement threw the state into complete darkness.

“We are calling for justice that will bring lasting peace and harmony. Injustice breeds chaos and insurgent. We appeal for justice.

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