Supreme Court verdict: Ganduje presents carrot to opposition
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
A moment after the Supreme Court verdict that re-affirmed his election, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has appealed to the opposition in the State to join hands with him to better Kano State.
The Governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, stressed that the season of election is over, indicating that his administration is focused on developmental projects.
Ganduje, who poured praises on Almighty Allah for his victory at the Supreme Court, thanked the people of Kano State for the peaceful conduct of their affairs.
He also thanked all the people who actively participated and prayed for his victory at the Court, emphasising that, “whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, middle and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.”
He said: “We also commend all the judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable.
“I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the State forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on ground. And more are coming. Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry, among others,” he added.
The Triumph reports that earlier Monday morning the Supreme Court had affirmed the election of the governor thereby dismissing the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf in the March 9, 2019 gubernatorial election.
The Court dismissed the appeal, including the cross-appeal for lacking in merit.
The five-member panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta held that Yusuf had not demonstrated that the concurrent judgments of the tribunal and Court of Appeal were perverse.
AdegboyegaAwomolo (SAN), counsel to PDP candidate, Abba Kabiru-Yusuf, had asked the Supreme Court to overturn the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the governorship election petition tribunal and affirm his client as winner of the March 9, 2019 election.