A crowd of angry protesters under the umbrella of the ‘Free Nigeria Movement’ troop out in their numbers in Abuja today marching to the Court of Appeal to express their grievances over the gross ‘irregularities’ in the just-concluded 2023 elections.
Dr Moses Paul, who led the particularly accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu of playing games with the people’s mandate with his conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Lifting several placards high in the air, the protesters appealed to Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel the 2023 polls, relieve Yakubu of his duties and replace him with a credible and competent person who would conduct fresh elections.
They also want the President to set in motion plans for the formation of an interim national government in case the judiciary is unable to conclude the presidential election petitions before May 29.
Among the inscriptions on the placards brandished by the protesters who converged at the Abuja Unity fountain were: “Buhari cancels sham elections”, “Nigeria not for sale”, “Yakubu Mahmood no integrity”, “Why can’t we just have free and fair elections?” amongst others.
The demonstration, which began at 12:15 pm blocked the movement of vehicles on Kukwaba road and caused heavy traffic gridlock on Shehu Shagari way in Abuja’s Central Business District for several hours.
Though the police had formed a human barricade ahead of protester’s arrival at the Court of Appeal, the group stood their ground and insisted that the people’s votes must count, saying the judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
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