As the country awaits the outcome of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal verdict (PEPT), the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation has urged Nigerians to prepare themselves for potential”miracles or shocking outcomes.”
Expressing concerns over the public’s heightened expectations, Ohanaeze pointed out the disappointment experienced after the 2023 presidential election.
The body warned that a similar scenario may unfold following the tribunal’s verdict.
A statement by Ohanaeze’s factional Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, reads partly: “Nigerians are urged to ready themselves for conceivable shocks or miracles that may arise from the decision of the tribunal judges.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo acknowledges the widespread optimism that accompanied the 2023 election due to the new electoral laws and the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) assurance of a credible, free, and fair process.
“The introduction of electronic transmission of votes was expected to enhance transparency and accountability, giving citizens confidence in the electoral system. However, the election outcome left many Nigerians disheartened and demoralized.
“As Nigerians eagerly await the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as the apex Igbo cultural organization, advises citizens to prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for potential shocks or miracles.
“Drawing attention to the disappointment experienced after the 2023 presidential election, Ohanaeze Ndigbo emphasizes the need for resilience and realistic expectations.
While doing so, the organization hopes to foster a more stable and peaceful environment as the nation awaits the tribunal’s ruling.