An Abuja-based civil rights activist, under the aegis of the Abuja Grassroots Project, has called on the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, to respect the verdict of the area council election tribunal that ordered a stay of execution on an earlier judgement sacking the AMAC Chairman, Hon Christopher Maikalangu.
Addressing the group, which protested along Airport Road and Apo Resettlement Village in Abuja, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, warned that “any act that would further offend the sensibility of the peace-loving people of the Federal Capital Territory by trying to please the desperation of some self-imposed godfathers and moneybags from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), would be seriously resisted.”
Speaking against the backdrop of heightened tension across the 12 electoral wards of the municipality occasioned by the three-member FCT Election Petition Tribunal judgement, Comrade Yusuf said, “We, the people of FCT, will not accept the dethronement of a legitimate government until the determination of an appeal already filed by lawyers for the incumbent chairman of AMAC, Christopher Maikalangu.”
Yusuf further cautioned the FCT minister not to “contemplate acceding to the inordinate desperation” of what he described as “political jobbers and exuberant political players who see power as man-made and, as such, do not seem to play the game according to the rules, believing that money is an end to clinching power.
He said thwarting the victory of Maikalangu and transferring it to “usurpers and desperados” would not augur well for the people.
He demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the FCT Minister respect the stay of execution order obtained by Zakka’s counsel.
“Indeed, the minister will not rubbish himself by following such acts of deliberate subversion of justice by swearing in someone under this situation. Doing this, will further complicate the fragile peace and security that pervades the FCT,” he said.