JUST IN: Group Charges Shettima With Interfering With Nasarawa Governor Tribunal’s Decision

Oct 7, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

HURIWA accused Nigerian Vice President Kashim Shettima of using religion to influence the Nasarawa State governorship election petition tribunal verdict.

The group accused the state government of using state resources to fund its appeal at the appeal court a few days ago. It called anti-corruption agencies to investigate Shettima’s alleged mobilisation of “Islamic leaders” to overturn the judgement.

The recall tribunal overturned the election of incumbent Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC). It declared David Ombugadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) state governor on March 18, 2023.

On Friday, HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that a source informed it that Shettima is attempting to incorporate Islamic sentiments into the Nasarawa State governorship litigation.

HURIWA claims the VP is recruiting religious leaders and top Abuja judges to overturn the Nasarawa governorship election petition tribunal’s verdict that the PDP won.

The group asked why the Borno state VP is allegedly linked to “a sinister plot to divide the good people of Nasarawa State, which happens to be one of the most religiously diverse subnational entities with Muslims, Christians, traditional African Religion cohabiting as the same families.”

HURIWA also claimed that the VP contacted religious leaders like the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the former Supreme Court judge, Sidi Bage, of Lafia.

We urge the VP, governor, Emir of Lafia, and His Excellency the Sultan of Sokoto, who is respected for his objectivity, not to engage in partisan politics or religious and political bigotry as high officials.

It advised religious leaders and traditional rulers not to interfere in the legal process.

“The association urged them to uphold the rule of law and let the courts decide based on evidence.

The law should always trump sentiments and religious biases in a democracy.

“A transparent, equitable, and unbiased resolution to this election dispute without divisive elements is crucial for Nasarawa State.

“HURIWA remains committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and ensuring impartial justice,” it said.

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