Comrade Timi Frank, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has cautioned the justices of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) to avoid using legal technicalities when making their final decisions.
According to Frank, such an action could diminish the confidence of the oppressed and marginalized petitioners who have had their electoral mandates allegedly stolen.
In a statement released on Friday, Frank reminded the justices to be mindful of the expectations of Nigerians who see them as the last hope in rectifying the discontent that arose from the apparent manipulation and rigging of the February 25, 2023, Presidential election.
He urged them to ensure that their decision is based on facts and unbiased truth, after carefully examining the petitions before them and arguments made by both the petitioners and defendants.
Frank also stated that the justices must demonstrate a high sense of integrity expected of them as Justices of the Court of Appeal, resist any form of pressure and display utmost uprightness during the hearing, as Nigeria will be in the spotlight of international stakeholders and citizens eager to follow the proceedings.
He emphasized that the fate of the nation is currently in their hands, and it is expected that their decisions will reflect the basis for judicial decisions, which are the products of two fixed elements: the facts and the rule of law.