Jubilant scenes and protests unfolded in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, as the Supreme Court upheld the election victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule for a second term.
The news of the court’s decision triggered both celebrations and uproar in parts of the state capital.
According to Leadership, supporters of the All Progressives Congress took to the streets, waving party flags in locations such as Limawa, Rimi Uku, Main Round About, Makurdi Road, and Shendam Road.
The leader of one of the jubilant groups, Ayuba Amos, praised the Supreme Court for affirming “the will of the people” through its verdict.
“Now is the real time to celebrate, and that’s why we are out on the streets. We had to wait until the highest court in the land affirmed the mandate the people of the state freely gave Governor A.A Sule. We are not like some who rolled out drums early in the day and then resorted to blackmail to force the judiciary to dance to their tune,” he stated.
It was gathered that the only female member of the State House of Assembly, Hajara Danyaro, celebrated the victory by driving through town with the open roof of her vehicle.
On the flip side, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party staged protests against the Apex Court’s verdict. They blocked the Lafia-Jos expressway around the PDP secretariat, extending up to the GLO office and close to Sandaji filling station. The protesters, mainly women and youths dressed in all-black attire, prompted motorists to seek alternative routes out of the city.
However, law enforcement intervened later, with a team of policemen led by the Commissioner of Police dispersing the protesters and restoring order.