PEPT: Tinubu’s Victory vindicates INEC-AYCF
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima has said that the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the election tribunal has vindicated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its efforts towards ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria.
AYCF said the court ruling has once again put detractors and senseless regional agitators to shame and has also proven the integrity and impartiality of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu.
In the view of the Youth leader, “this well considered verdict has further strengthened the belief that INEC under Yakubu’s leadership is a true embodiment of democracy and justice.
“Yakubu’s commitment to conducting free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria is evident in the recent elections where many observers except a few sponsored ones, commended the conduct of INEC and its officials. His leadership and professionalism have earned him the respect of both local and international communities.
“We must commend INEC under the leadership of Prof. Mahmud Yakubu for their impeccable conduct during the elections. The transparency and fairness of the electoral process have brought credibility to our democracy,” Shettima said.
Without a doubt, he further said, the judgment of the tribunal is a testament to the transparency and impartiality of INEC under Yakubu’s leadership, adding that Nigerians can once again be confident in the credibility of the electoral process, knowing that the institution responsible for conducting elections is led by a true statesman.
“This outcome is also a triumph for democracy and the rule of law, as it proves that the Nigerian justice system is capable of upholding the integrity of elections,” Shettima said.
He also advocated that all stakeholders continue to work towards improving the electoral process, so that Nigerians can continue to have faith in their democracy, stressing that, “This landmark ruling has set a precedent for future election disputes, and serves as a warning to those who seek to undermine the democratic process.
“It is crucial that all political actors respect the decision of the tribunal and work towards building a stronger democracy in Nigeria. INEC should also use this opportunity to review its procedures and address any shortcomings, so that future elections can even be more transparent and credible.
“Ultimately, it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure that their voices are heard through peaceful and fair elections, and this victory for President Tinubu is a step in the right direction towards achieving that goal,” Shettima said.