The Bauchi Democracy and Transparency Watch Group has called on the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to charge the All Progressives Congress stakeholders in Bauchi State with contempt for their remarks regarding a suit challenging Governor Bala Mohammed’s victory at the March 2023 polls that is still pending.
The group believes that the comments made by APC stakeholders are an attempt to undermine the judiciary’s impartiality in the ongoing case. “Such behaviour is unacceptable and should be taken seriously. ”
The Groups Chairman, Lawal Sani Ningi, stated this in a statement, urged the tribunal to act swiftly and decisively in this matter, saying his group believes in a free and fair electoral process and expects all parties involved to act with the utmost integrity.
He said: “Any attempts to undermine the democratic process should be met with swift and appropriate action,” Ningi said.
The BDTW urged all stakeholders to respect the independence of the judiciary and allow the legal process to take its course.
“We also call on the media to report responsibly and avoid sensationalism that could further fuel the unnecessary tension caused deliberately around issue by the APC.”
The Group expressed disappointment with the stakeholders over their remarks on the election that brought Governor Bala Mohammed to power for the second time.
They hit the stakeholders of the APC for describing the result of the duly conducted election as a stolen mandate, saying it is unethical and a breach of etiquette and decorum.
The group deemed such comments as baseless and accused the APC of being irritating and overbearing.
The group called on the APC stakeholders to desist from making unfounded allegations and to respect the will of the people.