*Says it is unacceptable
By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
As more Nigerians protest the overturning of voters’ decisions at polling units in the March 18 governorship elections in Kano and other states where opposition parties won, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has cautioned leaders on the dangers that come with political injustice.
Faulting the verdict of the Appeal Court on the electoral disputes in Kano, Obasajo wonders why three to five men would overturn decisions made by millions of voters during an election adjudged to be free, fair and transparent by reputable institutions and observers.
Only last week, three governors of opposition parties were sacked in separate judgements delivered by the judges of the Court of Appeal.
The affected governors are, Abba Kabir Yusuf in Kano, Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State, and Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State
Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the judgment of the election tribunal which nullified the election of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, a decision described by Nigerians as gross injustice and threat to democracy in Kano and Nigeria.
According to the former President, the powers vested in the few judges is “totally unacceptable”, cautioning political leaders on the dangers of injustice if the trend is not reversed by the Supreme Court.
In the same vein, Nigeria’s leading human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has also called on the Supreme Court to review the decision of the lower court on Kano State governorship election, noting that it’s injustice to punish millions of Kano voters for an offense of the electoral umpire, the INEC.
Already, the courageous Governor Yusuf has decided to approach the highest court in the land to reclaim his victory after miscarriage of justice at the Election Tribunal and Court of Appeal, urging his enraged supporters and Kano masses to remain hopeful and peace-loving people in the face of the ongoing trial.