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Elections: Group Advises Losers To Seek Redress Wisely In Court



The Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO), an umbrella body for various Islamic organisations in Nigeria, has urged all those who lost out of elective positions in the last general elections to use wisdom while seeking redress in the courts of law.

Chairman of the group, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, represented by Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Adangba, gave the advice on Monday in Alausa, at a news conference on the state of the nation.

Ahmad said that if they believe it is Allah who enthrones and dethrones, they should not seek redress ‘mischievously’, but allow peace reign.

“We are not saying they should not go to court totally, but do not go to court mischievously when know that you are not winning, and when you know you are going to Court for something that does not belong to you.

“On the past election, many have expressed different views. While the election was adjudged as being peaceful by many, others say it is not.

“For us, we want all politicians to know that it is only Allah that makes one a winner. Sometimes, defeat can be a blessing in disguise. We congratulate the winners and appeal to the victorious losers,” Ahmad said.

He urged them to shun comments and utterances that could lead to violence, riot or hate, saying the blood of any Nigerian is not worth their emergence.

“Politics should not be a reason to cause crisis or hatred among kinsmen or faithful of the same, and even different religion.

“Politicians should eschew violence. They should not use politics to divide us on the basis of religion and ethnicity.

“Also, political parties should show ethics and be decent in their reactions. It is not fair that the same parties that praise INEC in one state will abuse INEC in others,” he said.

Ahmad congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on their victories.

He said that they should see their victory as yet another opportunity to consolidate their efforts in the fight against corruption.

“Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat should see their victory as a call to service and not a right. It is a privilege that must be well utilised,” Ahmad said.

Regarding the building collapse incidents which occurred recently in Lagos and Ibadan, he commiserated with the families of the deceased and sympathised with those who sustained various degrees of injuries.

He called on government at all levels to be strict in ensuring compliance of builders with necessary laws.

“As patriotic citizens, we must work together for our safety. The gross disobedience to government laws and order ends up to affect us. However, the government must take full responsibilities for her failure.

“The government must provide essential infrastructures to enhance the decongestion of over-populated areas,” he said.