Abia Governorship: Arewa youth describes judgement as unjustifiable

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Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has condemned the decision of the Court of Appeal that nullified the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, describing it as dangerous and unconscionable miscarriage of justice.

AYCF in a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, also called on President Buhari to ensure that the sanctity of the judiciary is not eroded under his administration.

His words: 'It is heartbreaking and unjustifiable what was done by the Appeal Court Judges that delivered and rendered such a dangerous and unconscionable miscarriage of justice. I am not a lawyer, but I've not heard of this kind of ruling anywhere.

'It is unthinkable that the court of appeal Judges showed such high level of unethical behavior, lack of judiciary professionalism on the bench, and no remorse and respect for the rule of law of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

'More concerning to us in this kangaroo judgment was the manner whereby the largest majority of citizens of the state that total up to 300,000 voters including the governor himself were disenfranchised and marginalized their constitutional rights of free and fair elections in their own state of Abia. The judgment of this Appeal Court is questionable and flawed in reality and must be resisted and blocked by the people of the state of Abia. Today it's Abia, if nothing is done, it will happen elsewhere tomorrow.

'We are therefore, calling all the law abiding citizens of the State, the governor of the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and INEC to use all the peaceful tools and means within their power to pursue the cause of justice for a fair and true election that reflects the will and wishes of the voters of Abia State, Nigeria.

'We also call on President Buhari to ensure that the sanctity of the judiciary is not eroded in his government. He must be bold to fish out corrupt elements around otherwise they will ruin the government."

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