Arc. Shehu Tukur’s appeal and the miasma of unholy deals
Certainly, APC Nasarawa West senatorial candidate, Arc Shehu Tukur has every right to appeal his ongoing case at the Federal High Court in Lafia. As a defendant in the case, Arc Tukur may have sensed that the judgment may not be in his favour, especially considering the weight of the evidence against him.
Recall that an INEC official has testified before the court, claiming his signature was forged on a document returning the defendant as winner of the primary election of the party.
The purpose of this write-up is not to focus on the case involving Arc Tukur. It is a mere prelude to uncover the miasma of unholy acts that is threatening the process of electing candidates for the APC in Nasarawa State, particularly for some selected senatorial, House of Representatives and state assembly seats.
There appeared to be a brazen attempt to short-change the people by cutting corners and open abuse of the electoral law, in order to favour certain individuals.
However, Nigeria’s democracy has gone beyond the whims and caprices of individuals who may want to act beyond the boundaries of the law.
From what is obtainable from across the various litigations ongoing, challenging the veracity or otherwise of some of the candidates of the party, forgery and wilful substitution of candidates, remains the major issue.
It appears that some vested interests, unmindful of their acts, perpetrated gross political harakiri thinking they can force their decision through. However, the present political settings doesn’t allow for such uncouth acts and the courts are now uncovering massive cases of fraud and forgery.
Even though it may appear inappropriate to make categorical statements now, since the cases are still ongoing, it’s however safe to assert that, most of those purporting to be candidates of the APC for the selected seats in contention, are hanging by the hairs and could end up facing charges of forgery and wilful distortion of facts.
It’s better to keep fingers crossed and await the outcome of the cases in court.
However, win or lose, there are heroes of our democracy and Barrister Labaran Magaji stands to be mentioned, if only for standing for justice. If politicians can stand up against brazen manipulation of the electoral process, our democracy will continue to grow from strength to strength.