As supreme court of Nigeria sets to deliver judgement on the Bauchi state governorship election suit any moment this week, elders of the state under the auspices of ‘Coalition of Elders for Peace and Good Governance in Bauchi State’ have appealed to state citizens to accept the outcome of the verdict in good faith.
The coalition of elders made the appeal in a press statement issued to newsmen on Sunday and signed by Sarkin Arewan Bauchi Alhaji Hassan Sharif, Mr Apolos J.H, Alhaji Abdullahi Gololo, Alhaji Lawan Mohammed Gungura, Alhaji Kawule Kakudi, Alhaji Ibrahim Hardawa, Alhaji Hassan Galadiman Wandi, Alhaji Danlami Ubale Zaranda, Alhaji Inuwa Boto and Malam Yahya Gabciyari.
Other signatories are Malam Hassan Dagu, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarkin Yamma, Garba Sa’idu Cheledi, Alhaji Mai Jama’a Damba, Alhaji Adamu K. Udubo, Alhaji Hamza S. Sakuwa, Alhaji Ahmed Alaramma Itas, Alhaji Sambo S. Jama’are, Alhaji Garba Wuro Dawakeri and Alhaji Sa’idu Adamu Ginja.
According to the elders, the appeal became imperative in view of the political tension in the state as the judgement is about to be passed by the supreme court.
They said the state is known for peace and political tolerance since the second republic when losers went to court to seek redress saying the courts’ decisions had never triggered violence or crisis in the state hence the need for the citizens to maintain the tempo.
” As elders, we foresee danger in crises, and we won’t like a situation where the generation of our unborn children suffer because of the inactions of some unscrupulous elements within our midst.
” It is on this basis that we call on the good citizens of Bauchi state to maintain the tempo they are known for by accepting whatever decision the supreme court may pass as Bauchi should be our first priority”. They said in the statement.
Likewise, another civil society organizations known as Arewa Youth Mobilization and Mass Mobilization for Voting Wisely urged politicians and supporters of political parties in the state to avoid overheating the polity ahead of the supreme court’s verdict.
Spokesperson for the organizations while addressing press conference at NUJ Secretariat in Bauchi Abdullahi Abdulkadir also urged security agents to be on the alert with a view to forestalling any potential break down of law and order after the judgement.
” We should be very careful and tolerant and remain law abiding. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. So let us accept whatever decision made by the court in good faith”. He pleaded.