Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the prominent Igbo socio-cultural group, has called on Nigerians to be prepared for potential “unexpected or astonishing” results emanating from the decisions of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
Expressing concerns about the elevated expectations of the public, Ohanaeze highlighted the disillusionment that followed the 2023 presidential election.
The organization cautioned that a similar situation might unfold after the tribunal announces its judgment.
A statement issued by Ohanaeze’s factional Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, reads in part: “Nigerians are advised to ready themselves for plausible surprises or extraordinary occurrences that could stem from the pronouncements of the tribunal judges.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo recognizes the widespread optimism that surrounded the 2023 election due to the introduction of new electoral regulations and the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a credible, fair, and transparent process.
“The inclusion of electronic vote transmission was anticipated to boost openness and accountability, instilling confidence in the electoral mechanism. However, the election’s aftermath left numerous Nigerians disheartened and dispirited.
“While Nigerians await the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal with anticipation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as the preeminent Igbo cultural entity, encourages citizens to emotionally and mentally prepare for potential surprises or remarkable events.
“By drawing attention to the disappointment encountered after the 2023 presidential election, Ohanaeze Ndigbo underscores the importance of resilience and pragmatic expectations.
“Through this approach, the organization aspires to cultivate a more stable and peaceful environment as the nation anticipates the tribunal’s judgment.”