By Benjamin Tokede
The recent ruling of the appeal court with respect to the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State did not come to many people as a surprise. It may have surprised some who ignorantly believe the law court is the last hope of the proverbial common man, but not discerning Nigerians who have been following events from the time the people of Akwa Ibom chose Udom Emmanuel, a former banker, as their governor .
Certainly, the ruling could not have come as a surprise to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has, since the election, explored every means at its disposal – conventional and unconventional, orthodox and unorthodox – to secure through the back door what it could not achieve through the main and infact front door. If anything, the ruling of the appellate court fell in line with the expectations of the ruling party that has boasted every step of the way that Akwa Ibom State would, at the end of the day, be grabbed to its kitty, regardless of what people of the state say or vote. It makes you wonder if the courts have not been acting a script written by the party in power. Read More →