A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Segun Showunmi, opted for legal means to address his grievances at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal due to his commitment to democratic principles.
Showunmi, speaking in Abuja on Sunday during a meeting with journalists, emphasised the importance of the judiciary fulfilling its duty in delivering a verdict on the petitions contesting President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election. This call is justified due to the judiciary’s role as the final recourse for the general public.
Atiku could have pursued other options, but his commitment to democracy led him to choose a respectful and civilised approach to advocate for his demands.
He said, “Atiku has done no harm, he is a democrat. The only thing Atiku has done is that he has chosen to remain a democrat. You don’t expect a Fulani man not to be able to find Boko Haramists, killers to destabilise things. Not doing it is because he is a democrat. The entire world and even the ancestors that have gone are eagerly awaiting this judgment.
“Sometimes, the judiciary has a mediating responsibility to stabilise the society. But the judiciary cannot stabilise the society against the perception by the generality of the people of that society. If it is the general opinion of the people that something is fundamentally wrong, the judiciary has a duty to let the society understand that it is not called the last bastion of all persons for no reason.”