The coalition for civil societies for credible election has called on the appropriate authorities in the judiciary to stem the spate of controversial, incoherent and varying judgments coming from the court of Appeal as the trend is worrisome and disturbing.
Addressing a press conference in Umuahia on the Appeal court judgment on the 2015 governorship election in Abia state, the group said the unfortunate development if allowed could create voter apathy and cynicism among the electorate.
According to the coordinator, Onuoha Oliver, it is their duty as civil society groups to draw the attention of discerning members of the society and the authorities of the adverse consequences of the development on the efforts towards a proper democratic culture.
Mr Oliver said that the court of Appeal judgment disenfranchising Obingwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Osisioma LGAs is very unfair, grossly perverse and ought not to be allowed to stand, pointing out that it goes further to unduly empower a candidate in any election or to invite any court to cancel elections in areas where he is comfortable or has support.
The coordinator said that the obnoxious judgment of the court of Appeal denied the declared winner of the election, Dr Ikpeazu the right to even vote for himself and called on the judiciary to make the votes of Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa already cast to count in the determination of who governs them in Abia state.
The group commended the chief judge of Nigeria, justice Mahmud Mohammed for expressing dissatisfaction with the plethora of conflicting opinions , controversial and incoherent judgments coming out from the court of Appeal on same issues and called on him to support the noble exhortations with noble actions.