In a resounding victory for democracy, Governor Ahmad Aliyu of Sokoto State emerged triumphant at the Election Petition Tribunal. The Governor hailed the verdict as not only a personal triumph but also a victory for all Nigerians. The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Haruna Mshelia, highlighted that the petitioners failed to substantiate the six grounds outlined in their petition, which included allegations of ineligibility, certificate falsification, name variation, election fraud, and non-compliance with electoral guidelines.
Governor Aliyu expressed his elation in a statement released by his spokesperson, Malam Abubakar Bawa, on Sunday. He emphasized that the unanimous judgment striking down all six grounds demonstrated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate lacked substantial evidence to discredit the free and fair election. The Governor commended the judiciary for its impartiality, asserting that the verdict served as a testament to the judiciary’s integrity. He further described the judgment as a welcome development for the people of Sokoto State and all democracy enthusiasts, both within and outside Nigeria.
The reaffirmation of Governor Aliyu’s election serves as a significant boost to his stewardship. He expressed gratitude to the tribunal for upholding justice and fairness by thoroughly considering the arguments presented by all parties involved in the petition challenging the legitimacy of his victory in the 2023 governorship election. Governor Aliyu extended an olive branch to the opposition, urging them to join forces with his administration to propel the state forward. He emphasized that patriotism should now prevail, fostering an environment conducive to the even socio-economic development of Sokoto State.
Looking ahead, Governor Aliyu reminded the opposition that the next battle in 2027 was not far off. He encouraged them to prepare for future elections, as the 2023 election had concluded. The Governor also expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the people of Sokoto State for their unwavering support and prayers throughout his tenure. He assured them that his administration remained committed to implementing people-oriented projects aimed at the overall development of the state.
Governor Aliyu extended an open invitation to all well-meaning citizens who wished to collaborate with his administration in moving Sokoto State forward. He emphasized that the state belonged to everyone, and collective efforts were necessary to achieve progress. The Governor’s vision for Sokoto State encompasses inclusive governance, where the voices and aspirations of all citizens are heard and incorporated into policies and projects.
As Governor Aliyu’s tribunal victory reverberates across the state, it signifies a significant milestone in the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria. The judgment serves as a reminder that the rule of law prevails and that the judiciary remains a pillar of justice in the nation. Governor Aliyu’s call for unity and collaboration with the opposition sets a precedent for political maturity and a commitment to the welfare of the people.
Moving forward, Governor Aliyu’s administration’s focus will be on executing people-oriented projects that address the pressing needs of the state. These projects will encompass various sectors, including infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, and job creation. By prioritizing the socio-economic development of Sokoto State, Governor Aliyu aims to uplift the lives of its residents and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
In conclusion, Governor Aliyu’s tribunal victory is not only a personal triumph but also a resounding victory for democracy in Nigeria. The judgment showcases the impartiality and integrity of the nation’s judiciary. As Governor Aliyu embarks on his renewed mandate, he extends an invitation to all stakeholders to join hands in building a better Sokoto State. Together, they will forge a path towards progress, ensuring that the state’s potential is fully realized and that the aspirations of its people are met.