The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed appreciation for the Supreme Court judgments regarding election petitions challenging the outcomes of the 2023 governorship elections in eight states. The party believes that these verdicts have effectively diffused tension within the country.
The Supreme Court rulings upheld the elections of prominent figures such as Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos, Francis Nwifuru in Ebonyi, and Bassey Otu in Cross River. Additionally, the court affirmed the victories of Abba Yusuf in Kano, Dauda Lawal in Zamfara, Bala Mohammed in Bauchi, Caleb Mutfwang in Plateau, and Alex Otti in Abia.
Nze Chidi, Deputy National Organising Secretary of the APC, commended the judiciary for its role in resolving electoral disputes. In an interview on Sunday in Abuja, Chidi stated that the judgments have instilled confidence among Nigerians in the impartiality of the justice system.
He emphasized the significance of resolving political differences through an impartial arbiter, showcasing the importance of reaching out to the electorate, sharing manifestos, and winning elections fairly. Chidi believes that the recent rulings have positively contributed to reducing tension across the nation.
Reflecting on the Kano case, Chidi acknowledged the different perspectives presented at various stages of the legal process. He noted that the trial court and the Court of Appeal interpreted the matter differently, and the final verdict from the Supreme Court represents a commendable resolution based on the facts presented.
In conclusion, the APC views the Supreme Court judgments as a pivotal moment for Nigerians, promoting faith in the electoral process and the judiciary’s role as the ultimate arbiter.