A group within the All Progressive Congress (APC) known as APC Concern Group has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ariwoola, to as a matter of fairness, justice and democracy, order for the review of the recent Supreme Court Judgment on Bauchi State gubernatorial case.
Spokesperson of the group, Comrade Abdullahi Dauda Little, made the call on Sunday in Bauchi while briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting of the national stakeholders of the group held in Bauchi.
The call of the group was in a statement tagged, “Plea for urgent Restoration of Democratic Values and Fair Representation, Post Supreme Court Rulings.”
Abdullahi Dauda said that, while respecting the judicial process, there are concerns among various stakeholders about the verdict pointing out that several aspects of the case raised questions regarding the interpretation of legal precedents, adherence to due process, and the overall fairness of the trial.
According to him, “It is imperative that we ensure justice is not only served but is also perceived as such by the public. In light of the aforementioned concerns, we urge a comprehensive review of the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Bauchi State gubernatorial case. This review is essential to uphold the principles of transparency, fairness, and the rule of law.
“We believe that a thorough examination of the case will not only address any potential discrepancies, but will also reinforce public trust in the judiciary. Our commitment to a just and equitable society requires us to scrutinize legal decisions to safeguard the integrity of our democratic institutions.
“After all, democracy is about the rights of the voters not individuals for that we are advocating for a review of this matter, with the ultimate goal of ensuring justice is served and the democratic process is upheld.”
He added that the meeting examined the actions of APC leaders in Bauchi State which have triggered significant doubts about the party’s unwavering commitment to democratic principles.
According to him, “Instances of anti-party activities and questionable legal practices have left us disenchanted, endangering the very foundations of our democratic processes – processes that we, as responsible citizens, have ardently defended.”
Abdullahi expressed the group’s disappointment to President Tunubu and alleged that, “We witnessed what appears to be a marginalization of the Northern region, particularly Bauchi State, in key appointments and decision-making processes. Recent appointments in our state have failed to resonate with the will of the people, sowing a palpable divide in the spirit of unity and inclusivity that is not only integral but imperative to our democratic fabric.
“We implore your esteemed leadership to reconsider the approach to appointments, ensuring they authentically mirror the diverse voices and aspirations of our populace.”
He also said that, “in response to the perceived injustice meted out to gubernatorial candidates in the recent Supreme Court judgments, we propose a constructive and reconciliatory solution. It is our humble suggestion that all candidates who have borne the brunt of unfair treatment be considered for ministerial or other viable but appropriate appointments. This approach will not only recognize their unwavering dedication to public service but also provide them with a platform to represent the interests of the people at the national level.
“By extending ministerial and/or other roles to these candidates, we firmly believe it will not only rectify perceived injustices but also contribute substantially to fostering a more inclusive and representative government. This strategic step has the potential to act as a catalyst for healing existing divisions, thereby forging a stronger, united front for the benefit of our state and its citizens”.
He also said that, “We are long aware of politicians exploiting and neglecting the people for personal gains, we reject resorting to violence or property damage. The credit goes to Air Marshal sadiq Baba Abubakar who even as an opposition, instilled the discipline of the values of life and property in us. Bauchi, despite not being labeled a violent state, continues to strive to champion peace.
“We seek protection and actualization of our rights through fair representation in government positions, while urging your support to address the loss of our mandate. We are well-informed about past events.”
Abdullahi Dauda also said that during the electioneering process, there was no one who assisted them with President Tinubu’s campaign, in Bauchi state, saying, “We mobilized ourselves and conducted all the activities single handedly within the state with fierce opposition.
“Rumours making the rounds that Air Marshal Sadique did not support you during the campaigns, that is why he is not being considered for any political appointments. If so, may we know who the Air Marshal supported? Because some of us know the discussions we had with him.”