A large crowd of protesters has gathered outside the Court of Appeal in Abuja, where the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is currently sitting.
Messages demanding justice and the “restoration of their stolen mandate” from the contentious February 25 presidential election were reported.
Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress was declared the official winner of the 2023 presidential election.
However, his victory is being challenged before the tribunal by multiple parties and their respective candidates.
There are bold statements on the placards such as “INEC, Let Nigeria Win,” “Nigerians Not For Sale. #We Fight for Justice,” and others. “A Fraudulent Election Cannot Produce a Credible Leader,” “President Muhammadu Buhari. #Keep Your Promise,” “#Occupy INEC Now,” and “We Stand for Justice.” “Buhari, Mr. Integrity, Sack Mahmood Now,” and “We Fight for a New Nigeria.”
According to reports, protesters rallying under the banner of the #Free Nigeria Movement chanted slogans advocating for justice and transparency in the tribunal’s legal proceedings.
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Dr. Moses Paul, the group’s convener, emphasized to the assembled supporters that their cause is not affiliated with any political party. Instead, he stated that they are united in their support for the Nigerian people, adamantly defending justice and good governance.
“We are standing here, and decisions are being made right now inside the Appeal Court, and we are demanding that the right thing be done,” he said.
“Any judge who decides to collect money or does not follow Nigeria’s constitution, any judge who decides to do the wrong thing so that Nigeria can fall, e no go better for una!”
“Entire Africa and the world are waiting for us to show dignity, honesty, direction, and leadership because Africa is going nowhere until Nigeria takes its seat in the comity of nations; we cannot watch our nation degrade to nothing when the entire world is watching and waiting for us.”