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HURIWA Slams Islamization of Nasarawa Governorship Election Tribunal Decision in Breaking News

Oct 7, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

After the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s verdict, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) strongly criticised attempts to religiousize the outcome.

HURIWA announced on Friday that the tribunal had nullified the election of incumbent Governor Abdullahi Sule from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the March 18, 2023, governorship election.

“Virtually, tribunal chairman Justice Ezekiel Ajayi declared Ombugadu the lawfully elected governor of Nasarawa State. This political saga has a twist since Ombugadu is the only Christian candidate. The others are Muslims.

However, the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stressed that the election result reflected Nasarawa State’s diverse population, which included traditionalists, Christians, and Muslims who exercised their democratic right to vote.

HURIWA vehemently denied that Governor Abdullahi Sule’s camp is promoting a false narrative that portrays the tribunal’s verdict as an attempt by Christians to take over Nasarawa State’s governorship, which Muslims have held for 21 years. They called it a dangerous attempt to sow religious discord where none exists.

HURIWA also disapproved of reports that Abdullahi Sule’s camp tried to sway the Appeal Court and Supreme Court if the case went that far. HURIWA also has sources that Vice President Kashim Shettima is trying to weave Islamic sentiments into the Nasarawa State governorship litigation by mobilising Islamic leaders and top judicial officers in Abuja to overturn the Nasarawa governorship election petition tribunal’s verdict that the PDP won. The Rights group wondered why the VP, who is from Borno, is from Borno. The VP, governor, Emir of Lafia, and Sultan of Sokoto, known for his objectivity, should not engage in partisan politics or religious and political bigotry.

These alleged attempts involve contacting religious leaders like the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and former Supreme Court judge Sidi Bage, the Emir of Lafia.

“Despite its religious diversity, Nasarawa State has a history of tolerance and unity. Religious elements in politics in such a harmonious society are troubling and could have serious consequences.

HURIWA advised all stakeholders, including religious leaders and traditional rulers, to avoid judicial interference. In a democratic society, the law should always trump sentiments and religious biases, the association said.

“A transparent, equitable, and unbiased resolution to this election dispute without divisive elements is crucial for Nasarawa State. HURIWA is steadfast in protecting Nigerians’ rights and ensuring impartial justice.

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