Nigeria’s Supreme Court has provoked the most unsparing criticism so far over its shocking decisions on the governorship election disputes, most especially in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
Leading election monitors in Nigeria, The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, in a statement accused the Supreme Court of “legalising electoral robberies,” with the judgments which validated the victories of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.
According to the group, the Supreme Court had by the verdicts refused to give judgments to the people of the two states whose will have been subverted by desperate politicians.
The apex court had upturned the decision of the Appeal Court which nullified the election of Governor Wike of Rivers State.
Also, the apex court also reversed the nullification of the electoral victories of Governor Udom.
“As the foremost election observation coalition in the country, we see the Supreme Court judgments as clear cut attempts at legalising electoral robberies. These judgments, particularly on Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, have merely given judicial imprimatur to the damaging mind set of rapacious politicians who would stop at nothing in their bid to subvert the will of the people.
“For us, it is absolutely shocking that the Supreme Court has decided to act as if it exists in another planet. The TMG is perturbed by the strange legal reasoning that has informed the blank cheque that the court has given to election riggers.
“We make bold to say that while the legal premise behind these judgments is best known to the apex court, the open reward for electoral impunity does not resonate with the Nigerian people.
“As the foremost election observation coalition in the country, we see the Supreme Court judgments as clear cut attempts at legalising electoral robberies.”