Several newspapers and social media platforms have carried reports credited to Alhaji Abubakar Tsav and Comrade Abba Moro claiming to advise President Muhammadu Buhari not to interfere with Election Petition Tribunals in the country, particularly in Benue State, in favor of All Progressives Congress members.
The two gentlemen are both apologists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which was roundly rejected by Nigerians in the last general elections.
Having lost at the polls, members of that party, including the gentlemen mentioned, have forlorn hope that they might reclaim the governorship position in the state through the back door.
It is instructive that none of them has contested the glaring fact that their party lost that election at the polls.
Their baseless hope is predicated on the quicksand that Governor Samuel Ortom might be declared unfit for the office on account of alleged irregularities that characterized his nomination in the APC, although they are not members of that party.
They had hoped that the case instituted by some aggrieved APC governorship aspirants might turn out to their advantage but that hope was lost when President Buhari spearheaded its withdrawal.
As APC leader the President had the responsibility to ensure the party’s cohesiveness as one united family poised to deliver the needed change.
Before his intervention Governor Ortom had prepared a ROCK-SOLID defence through his lawyers who were also equal to the task to prove that he was validly nominated having met all the requirements of his party.
A curious twist in the case was the fact that he had not been joined as a party and it was only after his swearing in that an application was made to effect that, giving rise to a contentious Constitutional matter about his immunity which the court was yet to resolve before the matter was withdrawn.
Hit by the withdrawal bombshell and the realization that the Benue PDP Governorship candidate’s case would collapse like a pack of cards at the tribunal because he lacks locus, that party’s propagandists and apologists, led by the duo, have gone to town with fabrications about undue influence either from the Presidency or through pecuniary means by Governor Ortom.
Both grounds are untenable.
President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of honor for which he was elected, has neither need nor inclination to influence the Benue State Governorship Election Tribunal.
Numerous judgments of the Supreme Court on nomination of candidates have already sounded the death knell for the PDP case such that no one needs to waste time seeking an intervention to save Governor Ortom.
These apologists know this.
The major objective of their current media campaign is to set the stage for a blame game that will surely ensue as the PDP’s defeat at the Benue State Governorship Election Tribunal is as inevitable as it is irrevocable.
Most people in Benue State are conversant with the divine intervention that has brought Governor Ortom to his present position.
He is most conscious of this and the fact that the God who has brought him thus far is able to preserve, protect and sustain him to be able to fulfill his calling.
The Governor who has not appeared before the tribunal in person does not and has not sought to know or meet any of the judges with the aim of influencing them.
His faith in God and the judiciary do not accommodate attempts to bribe judges.
One had expected that Comrade Moro would be sober, having found time to reflect after leaving office as Minister in whose time a recruitment exercise into the immigration service turned into a major tragedy.
That he would offer an explanation to Nigerians why he extorted money from applicants and organized the death of many of them.
One had expected too that he would announce whether he had purged himself of gunrunning inclinations for which he was once apprehended and charged to court.
For Alhaji Tsav, it has become common knowledge that once a Benue State Governor fails to patronize him by way of giving him an appointment or engaging his nebulous services he embarks on a smear campaign against such a person.
These antics service his selfish interests.
No wonder, the Abuja-based Benue Young Lawyers Initiative for Peace and Justice has urged President Buhari to terminate his appointment as a member of the Public Complaints Commission for partisanship and partiality.
The President may also do well to disregard the so-called advice from Comrade Moro and Alhaji Tsav because it is tainted by partisanship.
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