Nigerians have been warned to be ready for “miracles or shocking” results from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural institution.
Ohanaeze voiced concern over the public’s lofty expectations by referencing the disillusionment felt during the 2023 presidential election.
The organization expressed concern that a repeat performance could occur after the tribunal’s decision.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the factional secretary-general of Ohanaeze, issued a statement in which he said, in part, “Nigerians are urged to ready themselves for conceivable shocks or miracles that may arise from the decision of the tribunal judges.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo recognizes the widespread confidence that surrounded the 2023 election as a result of the new electoral rules and the pledge of a credible, free and fair process by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was hoped that greater openness and responsibility in the election process would result from switching to electronic vote transmission. Many Nigerians were left feeling discouraged and hopeless after the election result.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the premier Igbo cultural group, issued the following statement as Nigerians awaited the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s decision: “As Nigerians excitedly await the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the organization cautions individuals to prepare psychologically and emotionally for any shocks or miracles.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo highlights the need for resilience and realistic expectations after the disappointment of the 2023 presidential election.
While the country waits for the tribunal’s decision, “the organization hopes to foster a more stable and peaceful environment by doing so.”