JUST IN: “APC wanted us to cause social unrest” – Labour Party opens up
NaijaNews reports that Kennedy Ahanotu, the Acting National Youth Leader of the Labour Party, on Thursday said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “expected that we jump to the streets so they can take advantage to damage our evidence and cause social unrest”.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Ahanotu who said this in a press briefing in Abuja, bragged that “we truly beat them to that game”.
This newspaper reports that the Labour Party is challenging the results of the February 25 presidential election in court.
The opposition party accused the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) of electoral irregularities and violation of the constitution to declare a winner of last month’s presidential poll.
Recall that the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared winner of the election by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on March 1.
Tinubu polled 8.8 million votes to defeat his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Atiku polled 6,984,520; Obi garnered 6,101,533 votes while Kwankwaso polled 1,476,697.
Ahanotu’s statement reads in full: “Let me reiterate our profound appreciation to all Nigerians who has believed in our President in waiting Mr Peter Obi and vice Dr Datti Baba Ahmed.
“Truth be told, you voted for Labour Party and Peter Obi won that election, which is why we are challenging such rascality in court.
“Thank you for the patience and high level of maturity with which so far we have managed ourselves after the wrongful Declaration of the election results. Ordinarily they expected that we jump to the streets so they can take advantage to damage our evidence and cause social unrest, but we truly beat them to that game.
“Ours is to remain resolute, determined and focused towards reclaiming our stolen mandate which by God’s grace we must surely achieve.
“We never expected the journey to be smooth or free from challenges, but we ate ready to face the storms however lengthy and tortous to regain freedom and true democracy in Nigeria.
“On a specific note, we have an election on Saturday 18th March, 2023. The Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Election across the country. This election has given us another opportunity to identify true obidients.
“It is important to note that the Labour Party stands by all its candidates in this election. But of more significance is that our protest against the electoral fraud on 25th February 2023 begins on Saturday 18th March at all the polling units across the country. In the last election they said we are 4 persons tweeting in a room, but to their shock, we took over the space and despite all the fraud they allocated over 6 million votes to us even when they know that ‘Obidients’ are more than 15 million people having PVCs to vote.
“We must protest by coming out enmass to cast our votes for the Labour Party Governorship and Houses of Assembly candidates. This simple assignment is the first step in telling the world that Labour Party won the election.
“Let’s show opposition that we are resolute in the project of taking back our country. We must at least capture Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Plates, Benue, Taraba, Rivers, Abia, Anambra, infact all the South South/South East States.
“This we must do to prove that we are irreversibly obidients. We must stand up to challenge the status quo and I beg all the youths, security officials and some INEC officials who are opting to be ready tool in the hands of the old order politicians to think twice. Do not join in oppressing and intimidating our youths. The life and future of Nigerian Youths matter. Enough is Enough.
“In conclusion, I urge you my fellow ‘Obidients’ to desist ‘Obidient’ political statement on Saturday election.”
Imo Election: Labour Party Rejects INEC Result, Alleges Fraud and Violence
Imo Election: (Naijanewsngr) – The Labour Party (LP) in Imo State has rejected the result of the governorship election held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, and vowed to challenge it in court.
The party’s candidate, Athan Achonu, who addressed journalists on Sunday, said the election was a sham and a rape of democracy.
No Election, No Accreditation, No Security
Mr Achonu, who spoke at his Umulomo country home in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state, said there was no election in the state on Saturday.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to conduct a free, fair and credible election, as it had promised.
“There was no election yesterday, and we call on the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to cancel the purported results,” Mr Achonu said.
He alleged that the election was marred by irregularities, including vote buying and physical assaults of LP agents, and thus deserving of outright cancellation.
The candidate alleged that voting in many locations was done without the biometric voter authentication system (BVAS) accreditation, contrary to the assurances by INEC before the election.
He said this compromised the integrity of the election and violated the electoral guidelines.
Mr Achonu also alleged compromise on the part of security personnel, adding that “recorded evidence abound, such as that of a police officer who was beaten by voters for attempting to snatch a ballot box”.
“Our democracy was raped in the full glare of security personnel, whose salaries we pay from our commonwealth,” he said.
Collation Hijacked by APC, LP Chairman Assaulted
Mr Achonu further alleged that the collation of results was hijacked by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the state.
Athan Achonu said the collation was suddenly moved from the ward to the local government centres, and only APC agents were allowed to enter, while agents of other parties were locked out.
He said this was a deliberate attempt to manipulate the results in favour of the APC candidate, Hope Uzodinma, who was declared the winner of the election by INEC.
“I have not lost hope in the judiciary; there are so many men of integrity therein, and we shall reclaim our mandate,” Mr Achonu said.
He condemned the assault and detention of the LP chairman in Imo, Callistus Ihejiagwa, at the state collation centre, and called for the immediate arrest of those who manhandled him.
“My party chairman was beaten up at the collation centre, as it is evident in a widely circulated video, and instead of arresting those who beat him, the police arrested and detained him.
“Let’s save the drift into anarchy, let’s save our country and her democracy,” he said.
Labour Unions Threaten Nationwide Strike Over Attack On NLC President
Naijanews – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have issued a notice of a nationwide strike on November 8, 2023, to protest the assault, abduction and battering of NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and other labour leaders by suspected agents of the Imo State government and security operatives.
The labour unions made this announcement at a press briefing on Friday, where they presented a six-point demand to the Federal Government, which includes the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State and the Area Commander, as well as other officials who were allegedly involved in the brutalisation and humiliation of Comrade Ajaero and his colleagues.
What Happened to the NLC President and Other Labour Leaders?
According to reports, the incident occurred on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, when the NLC President, along with other national leaders of NLC and TUC, arrived at the NLC State Secretariat in Owerri to commence a scheduled protest over pending labour issues in the state.
Some of the issues that the labour unions wanted to address were the backlog of unpaid salaries and allowances, pensions, gratuities, and non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act by the Imo State government.
However, as soon as they gathered at the secretariat, they were attacked by a group of thugs and security personnel, who smashed their vehicles, inflicted injuries on them and dispossessed them of their handsets, money, ATM cards and other valuables.
The NLC President, Comrade Ajaero, was reportedly abducted and taken to an unknown location, where he was beaten and tortured. He was later released after the intervention of some senior police officers and civil society groups.
How Did the Labour Unions and the Public React to the Attack?
The attack, brutalisation and battering of the NLC President and other labour leaders have sparked outrage and condemnation across the country, as well as from international organisations and human rights groups.
The labour unions have described the attack as an act of barbarism, intimidation and violation of the fundamental rights of workers and citizens to peaceful protest and expression.
They have also accused the Imo State government and the police of being behind the attack, and have demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
The labour unions have vowed to mobilise their members and allies for a nationwide strike on November 8, 2023, if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands and ensure the safety and dignity of workers in the country.
They have also called on the public to join them in solidarity and resist any attempt to suppress the voice of the workers and the people.
Nigeria Supreme Court Under Fire for Judicial Banditry and Corruption
Naijanews – In a farewell ceremony held in Abuja, retiring Justice Muhammad Dattijo delivered a poignant critique of Nigeria Supreme Court, shedding light on the pervasive bribery and perversion of justice that has tarnished the institution’s reputation.
His remarks echoed those of former Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, who retired earlier this year, further highlighting the deep-rooted corruption within the upper echelons of the Nigerian judiciary.
As public anger intensifies, questions arise about the court’s ability to deliver impartial justice and protect the nation from collapse.
The Judiciary’s Descent from Grace
Justice Dattijo expressed his concern over the judiciary’s descent from grace, questioning whether the esteemed title of “Honourable Justice” still holds meaning.
He lamented the denigration of the Apex Court, which has been labeled a group of purchasable judicial bandits by a prominent social commentator.
This alarming state of affairs raises crucial questions about how the judiciary reached this point and why the public fears unpredictable judicial pronouncements.
Urgent introspection and a comprehensive overhaul are necessary to restore public confidence.
The Supreme Court’s Controversial Decision
The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow President Bola Tinubu to remain in office despite his violation of the Constitution has further fueled public criticism.
President Tinubu presented a forged academic document to the Independent National Electoral Commission, a clear contravention of Section 137 (1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution.
Despite overwhelming evidence, the court sidestepped the forgery issue, claiming that the evidence was presented too late.
This decision, seen by many as evidence of capture, has raised serious doubts about the court’s commitment to upholding the rule of law.
Concerns about Judicial Integrity
Justice Dattijo’s remarks also shed light on concerns surrounding the integrity of judges and justices.
He questioned the increasing trend of children and spouses of judicial officers joining the bench, raising doubts about nepotism and potential conflicts of interest.
Chief Justice Kayode Ariwoola, who was present at the event, faced criticism when his colleague highlighted his son’s induction into the Nigerian judiciary and his suspicious trip to meet President Tinubu in London.
These incidents, coupled with the chief justice’s previous expressions of disdain for public opinion and alleged partisan statements, further erode public trust in the judiciary.
All You Need To Know
Justice Dattijo’s scathing critique of Nigeria’s Supreme Court exposes a deeply troubling reality of corruption and a loss of public trust.
The judiciary’s descent from grace, coupled with controversial decisions and concerns about judicial integrity, demands immediate attention and reform.
As Nigerians intensify their criticism, it is crucial for the judiciary to restore its credibility, uphold the rule of law, and regain the confidence of the Nigerian people.
Only through a comprehensive rethink and hard reset can the Supreme Court reclaim its rightful place as the guardian of justice in Nigeria.
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