By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
As part of 63rd independence celebration, Nigerians in the diaspora have stormed the High Commission in London, demanding for just and fair Kano governorship election trial.
The placard-carrying Nigerians protesting alleged interference of the All Progressive Congress (APC) under Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the Kano governorship election petition tribunal.
The protesters waved different placards to drive home their demands for an impartial and apolitical justice system that will be fair to the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) government in Kano state.
The placard-carrying protesters converged at Nigerian embassy in London on Sunday morning to demand justice and fairness from the APC ruling government.
Some of the messages contained in the placards read:
“The Independence of a country depends on the Independence of its judiciary.”
“Kano must not be robbed, Tinubu should allow Justice to prevail in Kano.”
“Kano People’s Mandate Must be Allowed, No More Unjust Rulings: Abba’s Mandate must not be stolen.”
“Election Tribunals Must Be Just and Fair—the Kano case must not be an exception.”
“Keep Politics Out of Our Courts—the Kano Election Tribunal was compromised!”
“Tribunal neutrality is non-negotiable. Kano people deserve justice, not politics.”
“Defend democracy and demand fair tribunals. Kano people deserve justice.”
The convener of the protest, Dr Aminu Bello told journalists at the event that they were at Nigeria’s embassy in London to protest the recent judgment delivered by the Kano State Election Tribunal concerning the 2023 election, a judgment that has raised serious questions about its fairness and has ignited a call for justice to be served.
According to him the 2023 elections were a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s history, a time when Nigerians from all walks of life came together to exercise their democratic rights and choose their leaders.
He however, observed that the recent development in Kano State has cast a shadow of doubt over these fundamental democratic principles.
He noted that the judgment handed down by the Kano governorship Election Petition Tribunal has left many Nigerians disheartened and concerned about the integrity of Nigeria’s electoral process.
“We want to emphasize a crucial point: it is only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that has the legal authority to cancel votes, not tribunal judges. The judiciary’s role is to interpret the law and ensure justice is served, not to alter the will of the people expressed at the ballot box.
“We firmly believe that justice must be blind and that the rule of law must prevail in all circumstances. The recent judgment has raised questions about whether justice has truly been served in this instance. We call upon all Nigerians, regardless of their political affiliation, to rise and fight for justice,” he pleaded.
Dr Bello observed that democracy thrives on the diversity of political voices and the competition of ideas, noting that Nigeria should never be reduced to a one-party system; as according to him the strength of its democracy lies in a vibrant multi-party system where all citizens have a fair chance to express their choices and aspirations.
He noted that the mandate given to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf by the Kano State people must be upheld and respected.
To this end, Dr Bello call on civil society organizations, political parties, and the international community to closely monitor the situation in Kano State and ensure that justice is served, and the Kano votes must not be stolen.
“We urge all Nigerians to engage in peaceful, lawful, and constructive ways to demand transparency and accountability in the Kano State electoral tribunal case. We equally call upon civil society organizations, political parties, and the international community to closely monitor the situation in Kano State and ensure that justice is served, and the Kano votes must not be stolen.
“We also urge the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial review of the election tribunal’s judgment to ascertain its fairness and punish any judge who is found to be compromised,” he pleaded.