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CPV accuses PEPT of overthrowing 1999 constitution, creating 37th state - ITREALMS

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A body of concerned Nigerians under the aegis of Credible Peoples’ Voice (CPV) has accused the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal [PEPT] of overthrowing the 1999 Constitution with its recent controversial judgment, reports ITREALMS.
CPV accuses PEPT of overthrowing 1999 constitution, creating 37th state - ITREALMS
They also accused the PEPT judges of creating the Nigeria's 37th state without input from the people and the National Assembly.

Reacting to the controversial judgment of PEPT on Wednesday, September 6, this year, the group called for resistance, on the disputed February 25, 2023 presidential election, describing it as shocking though not unexpected.

“The PEPT judgment is an overthrow of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” CPV declared.

A press statement available to ITREALMS and endorsed by the duo of its National Secretary, Mr. Ugo Onuoha and National Coordinator, Mr. George Emenalo, described as pathetic, the fact that members of PEPT struggled to read their supposed judgments that were thought written by their own hands.

“It is our considered assertion that the counsel to the Respondents merely put in appearances so as to confer legitimacy on the justices to effectively assume the role of defence attorneys,” the group said.

CPV also defined what happened on September 6, as a 'Dark Wednesday' in the annals of Nigeria, stressing that it was indeed a confirmation, “if any was needed, that evil forces from across sectors have taken Nigeria and Nigerians hostage. It is a vicious state capture, the type that has not been witnessed in the country's nearly 64 years since independence.”

They also acknowledged that there was a judgment but “we hasten to add that there was no scintilla of justice.”

Credible Peoples’ Voice, equally noted with dismay that the deliberately provocative judgment also serves a good purpose; “A wake up call.”

They wondered how a sane person will explain that the so-called justices were the ones struggling to make excuses for a candidate who willfully offered himself for double nomination to two different offices in two distinct constituencies in the same election day.

“Our justices ruled that the action of a crooked person was not intentional. So henceforth, if you are caught for stealing or impersonation, just plead that it was not intentional. And cite the PEPT judgment,” the group decried.

CPV lamented that there was no evidence in the course of the trial that the culprit-candidate pleaded that his double nomination was done in error, indeed, he denied the charge.

“The aphorism that ignorance is not an excuse before the law meant nothing to our law lords,” as far as this judgment was concerned.

They posited the standard that a court does not award what a party to a dispute has not asked for slipped from the memories of the PEPT justices, as they suddenly became what their callings frowned at- Father Christmas.

“In addition, working from the Bench the justices have created Nigeria's 37th state without input from the people and the National Assembly,” they bemoaned.

Further, CPV called for an urgent need for Nigerians to stop the descent to a state of lawlessness, stressing that there is no better time than now for long-suffering Nigerians to take back their country.

“The Dark Forces are not playing by the rules and it will be foolhardy to let them be,” they declared, insisting that there are two options before Nigerians: “play by the rules set by the oppressors and get crushed or play by rules created by the majority of Nigerians and overwhelm the evil forces.”

Nigerians, they said, should be at the barricades because the Supreme Court is part of the rotten Nigerian judiciary and should not invest hope in them and doing otherwise will be an invitation to further heartbreak.

Just as the expressed optimism, declaring “It is never too late to retrieve Nigeria from their vice grip.”

They maintained that Credible Peoples Voice will therefore work closely with the Big Tent for the good of Nigeria.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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