The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked those aggrieved about the outcome of the 2023 general elections to go to court and seek redress.
The association, in a statement by its Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde also chided former president Olusegun Obasanjo, for calling for the cancellation of the presidential election.
Obasanjo in a letter urged President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel the Presidential and National Assembly elections for not passing the credibility and transparency test.
Warning Obasanjo not to set the country on fire, the students’ association said it was disappointed by the letter written by the former president, asking Nigerians not to take him seriously.
The statement reads: “Anarchy is never an option in a democratic system with a reliable judiciary system and other constituted authorities that have been addressing political issues from time immemorial.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started well and I’m pretty sure that they will finish well. For them to declare as winners some parties and their candidates, who rose to relevance less than six months ago in some mega states is a significant indication that the umpire is not biased.
“Results were canceled in several polling units across the country and returning officers didn’t hesitate to mention them each time while declaring the results of their states. This should serve enough as a litmus test result that the umpire is up to the task and will surely deliver on their promises if given the needed chance and peace of mind in an enabling environment.
“I’m not of the opinion that the election was generally free and fair but I won’t forget to say that Nigerians are watching the INEC officials at the National Collation Centre, Abuja as they give the party agents and others the privilege to state their complaints and also promised them to look into them and bring solutions to them.
“There has not been any election in Nigeria where one or two political parties or persons have not challenged the outcome. They seek redress in the court of law and oftentimes, mandates are being claimed by the rightful owners of these positions based on the evidence at hand and the competence of their legal team. We can continue to count on the judiciary as the last resort of the common man and I’m highly optimistic that they won’t trade their reputations for crumbs.
“I’d hereby implore aggrieved parties and persons to go to court with their evidence to seek for justice and I’m sure they will get it. The court is the last resort of the common man. All aggrieved parties and persons can as well use the opportunity to reclaim their mandates without having to shed blood, maim and destroy people’s properties unnecessarily.
“Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) gave an infamous speech that is capable of igniting the entire nation today as he addressed journalists in a conference in Abeokuta. The hate speech was without depth, facts and figures but it’s sensitivity has the might to cause unprecedented unrest in Nigeria that could throw Nigerians out of normalcy and send us to stone age. This is uncalled for. Though a stakeholder, you have the right to express your views using any platform you wish but considering your stake, it should be the last thing to resort to. He ought to have consulted first.
“My advice to Nigerians, most especially the students and youths is for us to exercise more patience as we await some adjustments (wherever necessary) from INEC and the final declaration of who wears the crown of the Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces is made.”