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The Institution of Judiciary in Nigeria is Alive – Gov. Emmanuel

Posted: Feb 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*We Expected the Judiciary to Heal our Political Wounds- Umana

Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo

Still in the spirit of jubilation and carnivals over Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling which upheld Udom Emmanuel as duly elected governor of Akwa-Ibom State, the Governor has applauded  the Nigerian Judiciary system for efforts to  deepen democracy in the country.

The Judiciary , Emmanuel said as last  hope of the common man, did not disappoint the generality of Akwa Ibom people who eagerly anticipated a stable system to thrive. Hence the  pledge  to live up to his promises to take the state to heights unknown in the history of administration in Nigeria.
“Fellow Akwa-Ibomites, the Supreme Court on wednesday affirmed the choice you had massively and wholeheartedly expressed in me last April 11, 2015 as your governor thereby showing once again that the institution of the judiciary is alive and well and is keeping watch over the evolution and deepening the culture and traditions of our nascent democracy.

“We salute the Nigerian Judiciary for living up to its billing as the last hope of the common man”, Emmanuel stressed.
He therefore extended an olive branch to all his political adversaries to close ranks and join him to make the state to record superlative and sustainable developmental strides.

“The battle has been won and lost and in any political contest, there must be a winner and a loser. In this case, the people of Akwa-Ibom State won because in their considered opinion and reasoning,their fortunes would be better with a PDP government continuing its solid dispensation of democratic dividends that had in the past eight and a half years,transformed our state to a destination of choice which had informed the investment of their trust in me last April 11.

“I hereby call on our brothers and sisters from the other side of the political divide to close ranks and join me in moving Akwa-Ibom State to surpass superior performance and ensure development that is sustainable, impactful and expansive because we do not have any other state to call ours except the great Akwa-Inom State”, the governor pleaded.

Independent observed that the overly tensed atmosphere of Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital had since the pronouncement of victory in favour of Governor Emmanuel melted into excitement, jubilation and carnivals taken round senatorial districts of the state by the Governor and supporters of the People’s Democratic Party. The carnival was however preceeded by a thanksgiving service at the government house Uyo.

Our correspondent earlier observed that thousands of supporters of both APC and  PDP who had gathered at the Ibom Plaza from 9am of Wednesday, tensely and eagerly awaiting outcome of the Apex court ruling which could not come earlier than 9pm, were at the pronouncement in favour of PDP thrown into both jubilation and mourning as PDP supporters took to streets and burnt bundles of brooms to ashes. Interestingly, some of ?the APC supporters  dissolved immediately into that of the PDP.

Chairman of PDP Elders Forum in the state, Senator Anietie Okon also hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling saying it was a salvage to the judicial system that was about being bastardised by desperate legal practitioners just as the judiciary by that landmark ruling, has proven to be the bastion of hope for the command man.

To Umana Okon Umana of the All Progressives Congress, the feeling could never have been the same as he accused  the Supreme ?Court of deepening political wounds.
“Our hope was that the Judiciary would heal the wounds and provide succour for our people who were traumatized and brutalised during the elections, especially the families who lost their loved ones. But that was not to be. We trust God, who is the God of justice, to provide solace and comfort for those who could not get justice within the framework of our legal system. Ultimately we would all be accountable to God for our actions”.

“May this country never again experience the violence and thuggery found to have taken place in Akwa Ibom State during the Governorship elections held on 11th April 2015. Politics should never be so desperate that lives and decorum are sacrificed on the altar of winning at all costs. The descent into almost anarchy as occurred in this case must never again be allowed to take place. The supervising body, INEC, is charged at all times to remain on the side of truth and never be complicit in any subversion of due process.”. He lamented

?He however thanked his  supporters and the people of Akwa Ibom State for their resilience and support in the struggle to deepen democracy in the state and give the people the right to freely choose who governs them. “The  struggle for change has only suffered a setback; change will surely come because no one can stop the march of an idea that has been embraced by the mass of the people”. He assured.

The APC gubernatorial candidate lamented that as law-abiding citizens, the decision to approach the  court to seek justice after the disputed elections, was advised by many people and election monitors, including the United States Embassy and the European Union, which had reached independent conclusions that the elections were marred by widespread irregularities.

“We salute the courage and patriotism of our people and urge them to continue to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of our dear state and country. I am aware that our people are surprised by the judgment of the Supreme Court, given the findings of the Tribunal that evaluated the evidence and heard directly from the witnesses.

Meanwhile, calm has returned to the state as many who virtually abandoned other useful ventures to lay all eggs into political baskets have by the supreme court ruling ascertain their directions in life.  It is also the believe of the generality of Akwa Ibom people that the now settled governor Udom Emmanuel,  now has the calm mind needed to deliver on his promised industrialization of the state in earnest.