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2023 PEPC: Nasarawa Varsity’s VC urges aggrieved parties to obey the verdict

By Gabriel Agbonika

The Vice Chancellor of Nassarawa State University Keffi, Professor of Political Sociology, Suleiman Bala Mohammed has urged aggrieved Nigerians, particularly political opponents of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to obey the tribunal decision on the disputed petition in order to give peace a chance and move democracy to a higher level.

Reacting to the tribunal’s judgement of yesterday on the petition by Presidential candidates of PDP and Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively, the Vice Chancellor believes that it is in the best interest of Nigeria and development of democracy to jettison any further dispute on the judicial decision so that Nigerians can focus more attention on the pressing needs to address some serious security and social-economic challenges facing the country.

According to Professor Mohammed, democracy is all about rule of law. Choosing a leader he stated, entails someone has to win while others would have to accept defeat. Judiciary, he pointed out, is expected to step in and take final decision. “We must therefore learn to trust the integrity of judicial officers so as to develop the confidence in the rule of law by obeying judicial decision, no matter how bitter it is”, he said.

He stressed that since INEC has declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu the winner and the judiciary has declared that the President has been lawfully elected, Nigerians should be patriotic enough to allow peace to reign by obeying the court decision arguing that this is not the end of elections in Nigeria.
In his words,”elections should not be a do or die affair, those who have lost now can still contest the next time around in order to test their popularity and acceptability so as to strengthen our democratic values”.

On the security alert from DSS, Professor Ahmed said that Nassarawa State University Keffi is currently on vacation and therefore has no fear of students and union members embarking on violent protest against the government over subsidy removal.
He believes that despite the hurried timing of subsidy removal, the courageous decision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to effect the removal of fuel subsidy is in the best of Nigeria’s economy if sincerely implemented.

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