The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed optimism that the party will trounce the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) again at the Supreme Court over the Kano State governorship election dispute.
He was reacting to the victory of the party at the Appeal Court that upheld the sack of the NNPP Abba Yusuf as the Kano State governor.
Ganduje, who applauded the appellate court for dispensing justice, said he was sure that the NNPP would still want to try their luck in the apex court, but assured them of another round of defeat.
The APC national chairman who was reacting to the judgement, told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that “probably they will go to the Supreme Court which is part of democracy.”
He said: “There is nothing wrong for them to go to the Supreme Court. We too, are ready to meet them in the Supreme Court. And Inshallah, we will win in the Supreme Court as well.”
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) also commended the judiciary for living above blackmail and intimidation of some self-serving political interests.
Reacting to the victories of the party’s Kano and Zamfara states governorship candidates at the Court of Appeal, the party said the judgements underscore the vibrancy and independence of the judiciary, and rekindle confidence that the courts are, and remain, the bastion of hope for justice in any democracy.
APC national publicity secretary, Felix Mokar, in a statement on Friday applauded the judiciary for its courage and professionalism in discharging its important constitutional duties.
The party urged the judiciary to continue to rise above blackmail and intimidation by some self-serving political interests, and continue to give full expression to the tenets of the law, irrespective of the identity or status of the parties involved.
The statement reads further, “In an epochal judgement earlier today, the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja upheld the decision of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that declared Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18, 2023 election, affirming the legitimate will of the Kano electorate as expressed at the polls.
“This judgement, sacking Abba Kabi Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) as Governor of Kano State, comes barely 24 hours after the court declared the governorship election of Zamfara State inconclusive and ordered a rerun in three Local Government Areas of the state.
“Both judgements underscore the vibrancy and independence of the judiciary, and rekindle confidence that the courts are, and remain, the bastion of hope for justice in any democracy.
“As we applaud the judiciary for its courage and professionalism in discharging its important constitutional duties, we urge it to continue to rise above blackmail and intimidation by some self-serving political interests, and continue to give full expression to the tenets of the law, irrespective of the identity or status of parties involved.’
The party also congratulated party members in the two states and urged the people of Kano and Zamfara states to remain calm and peaceful.
Ganduje also commended the judiciary for dispensing justice despite all the distractions that took place since the beginning of the trial.
Accepting the victory, Ganduje who was the former Kano State governor assured the people of Kano State that the good administration that was provided when he was at the helm of affairs for eight years when Dr. Nasiru Gawuna was his deputy would be replicated.
“Now as the Governor-elect for Kano State, he will provide a similar and I believe, he will provide a better administration more achievements will be recorded in Kano State. Because that is what we expect.” [TheNiche]