In spite of the enormous challenges faced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian people exhibited exceptional understanding, patience and resilience in ensuring that the election was successfully concluded. We recognise that this victory truly belongs to the Nigerian people.
In particular, we congratulate the INEC, under the able and patriotic leadership of Professor Jega for carefully navigating the turbulence and sensitive electoral process. It would be recalled that it was the failure of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to withstand and resist similar pressure mounted by the defunct military junta in 1993 that plunged the country into monumental, political and socio-economic turmoil.
We acknowledge the congratulatory message already extended by President Goodluck Jonathan to his frontline opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari. We are compelled to draw the attention of certain elements who have threatened to sabotage the democratic process and subvert the sovereign will of the Nigerian people.
In view of the forthcoming Governorship and House of Assembly elections, we call on the INEC to take stock and correct the lapses identified during the last elections. For the umpteenth time, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to desist from militarising the electoral process by deploying armed troops to “maintain” law and order, contrary to subsisting and binding judgments of the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) therefore implores the Nigerian people to remain vigilant and committed to the struggle for genuine democracy and social justice.
FEMI FALANA, SAN JIRIN IBRAHIM, Ph.d