On Thursday, the Coalition of Labour Party Support Groups in Edo State protested at the State High Court in Benin City, urging the Nigerian judiciary to reject any form of bribery that could potentially undermine the dispensation of justice as it regards election petitions in the state and in the country in general.
The protest aimed to urge the Presidential Election Tribunal to uphold the banner of justice without fear or favor regarding the cases brought forward by the presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar. These candidates are contesting the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, in the presidential election held on February 18, 2023.
Abrifor Jeo, Esq., who led the protest, said, “We are here to appeal to the judiciary to do the needful because the judiciary at this moment is the last hope of the common man. If you recall, in the last elections, politicians worked assiduously to subvert the will of the people. We call on the judges and justices handling various election petitions in the state and in the country to dispense justice without fear or favor”, he echoed.
Meanwhile, in an interesting turn of events, on Friday, a judge who was expected to issue a ruling regarding the requirement for presidential candidates to obtain at least 25% of the votes in the F.C.T., as mandated by the constitution, before being declared the winner, postponed the decision amidst reports of being under intense pressure.