A lead African Civil Society body, the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, HURMA has sent a strong caution to contestants at the just concluded Nigeria 2023 presidential election to desist from self declaration as winner contrary to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
HURMA in an urgent meeting held on late Friday 3rd of March addressed both its local and International structures to the need to address the present state of the nation.
According to the Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak in his open address said
“The purpose of this urgent meeting is to see the urgent need to unite both our local and International strengths towards the maintenance of national peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of any acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.
In a press statement signed by the Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak with head of legal, Lekan Alabi Esq., after the long meeting, the group maintained that such act of self declaration as winner in a democratic environment is an invitation to anarchy where innocent Nigerians may end up being used to settle political scores.
HURMA encouraged aggrieved party to approach the Election Petition tribunal.
“We operate a constitutional democracy. Any party who is dissatisfied with the result of the election should approach the election petition tribunal.
We condemn in strong terms break down of law and order or any action that could bring about any unrest in our country.
Political parties are hereby encouraged to desist from making use media platforms to declare themselves as winners of the election as that is akin to anarchy and self help.
“Innocent Nigerians should not be used to settle political scores.”