Governorship elections petition: Group calls for neutrality among tribunal members in Nasarawa ***Kicks against government hosting judges in its facility

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By David Odama , Lafia

AHEAD of the commencement of the governorship election tribunal in Nasarawa state, a group under the auspices of ‘Coalition for justice’ Tuesday called on the tribunal members to remain neutral devoid of government patronage.

Speaking during a peaceful protest in Lafia, the leader of the group, Hon. James A Allu noted that the group demanded for neutrality from the tribunal to give the people of the state the confidence and hope that justice would be delivered in Nasarawa state

James Allu who alleged that information obtained by the group accused the state of move to manipulate the tribunal as well influencing the members ahead judgement adding that accepting the use of the state government facilities was already leaving the people with doubts that the tribunal was on the way to compromise.

“We are already aware of how the government have been working tirelessly to influence the judges using some of the retired Justices to to influence”.

“We however believed that the jurist consider their track records will not put their hard earned reputation atstake by falling pray to the perceived movements and attempts being made to influence their judgement in Nasarawa”.

The coalition who claimed to be aware of several attempts to duplicate the INEC certified results legally given to the opposition PDP by the state INEC, and attempts to confuse the tribunal in their judgement, called on all involved to stay away from as such attempts would be resisted.

“We wish to notify all involved to stay away any attempt to temper with justice as it will only amount further denting the already challenging image the state is already placed before the international communities”.

“We wish to state that despite risk to personal safety we shall continue to fight injustice and impunity to defend our land. We desire to have a society of equity and not oppression”,

” Our Protest is not about us, it is about our communities. We hereby called on INEC to commit themselves to justice. We call on the Judiciary to dispense justice and all organizations involved to to ensure that Nasarawa state is not mortgaged further”, the group stated .

“We shall adopt every modern strategy to ensure equity, fairness and justice is attained. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We want to state that we are caught in an inestimable network of sympathy tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affect one community directly affect all”, the group declared.

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