Peter Obi | Photo: Channelstv
… wants Nigerians to voice out
‘IPAC should question why 90% of our elections end up in courts with huge resources that should be channeled to the people’s welfare being used for litigations’
By Valentine Amanze
The Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate in the February 25, 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has raised alarm that Nigerian courts have become an institution of favour and procurement rather than courts of justice and law.
He also called on Nigerians not to keep silent, but rise against the “dangerous trend”.
Obi raised the alarm, while commorating the Centenary celebration of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in his Abuja office.
He described the trend as worrisome, while calling on IPAC, civil society groups, and indeed Nigerians to be consistent in their challenge for good governance.
His words: “We now have a situation where known party card-carrying members of political parties who were even involved in thuggery are being appointed to be a referee in our coming elections.”
Besides, the LP presidential candidate appealed to Nigerians to resist anything that would undermine democracy and good governance, while at the sametime being civil and within the law in their approsch.
“IPAC should question why 90% of our elections end up in courts with huge resources that should be channeled to the people’s welfare being used for litigations.
“They should voice out where our courts have become courts of favor, courts of procurement rather than courts of justice and the law.” Obi said.
He listed the three recent contradictory gubernatorial election cases involving three state governors of the opposition parties: “Look at what is happening in Zamfara, Kano and Plateau and others states.
“My party is not in any of them but we are all affected by injustice. My concern is to do what is right.
“Look at the election that happened recently in Kogi and others; nobody is talking about those who were killed. We do not talk about such ugly situations as killings, or maiming because human lives no longer mean anything to us in this country.
“Everybody is watching something we know was wrong. That is why IPAC and civil society should voice out in defense of democracy and good governance.
“I have said it before; it’s not about who will benefit today or tomorrow. I have said it before nobody is buying fuel cheaper, nobody is buying food cheaper because he belongs to the ruling party.”
Obi also called on all parties to work together for the people in defense of democracy and good governance.