The Peoples Democratic Party has congratulated its Governorship candidate in Nasarawa State in the 2023 election, David Ombugadu, over his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the State.
The PDP which described the tribunal judgement as an “unfaultable verdict,” said it is a victory for democracy and the triumph of the will of the people.
The state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Monday, nullified the victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress, who had earlier been declared as the winner of the March 18 election in the state.
The three-man panel of justices led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, while delivering the judgement via Zoom, said Emmanuel Ombudagu was the winner of the election.
While two of the Justices agreed that the election was won by the PDP candidate, one judge dissented.
Reacting to the development in a Press Statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, PDP wrote: “October 2, 2023
“Nasarawa Guber: @OfficialPDPNig Congratulates @davidombugadu23, Savours Victory at Election Tribunal
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates its candidate in the March 18 Governorship Election in Nasarawa State, David Ombugadu, on his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal which today upheld the Will of the people and declared him the winner of the election.
“The unfaultable verdict of the Tribunal is victory for Democracy and the triumph of the Will of the people of Nasarawa State in their quest to liberate their State from the stranglehold of corrupt, oppressive and manipulative forces.
“The spontaneous jubilation across Nasarawa State and other States of the federation shows that the judgment of the Tribunal is in line with the aspiration and choice of the majority of the people of Nasarawa State in their resolve to return Nasarawa State to the path of peace and economic development on the platform of the PDP.
“Our Party commends the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for its courage in upholding the Will of the people and showing that indeed, the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
“This Tribunal judgment points to the fact that the outcome of a proper application of the laws, rules and facts by the judiciary, as witnessed in this case, will always confirm and validate the will of the people.
“Our Party salutes the resoluteness, courage and dexterity of the good people of Nasarawa State in insisting that their Will as expressed at that election be upheld.
“The PDP charges the people of Nasarawa State to remain united, peaceful and alert as a new dawn breaks in their State.
“Hon. Debo Ologunagba
National Publicity Secretary.”