Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has commended the Appeal Court over the judgment upholding his election as the duly elected governor of the state.
Aliyu who made the commendation in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by his media aide, Abubakar Bawa, shortly after his Monday victory, described the judgement as a testimony of an unbiased Nigeria’s judiciary.
According to the governor, the court judgment clearly demonstrates to the world that Nigeria’s judiciary is unbiased, just and fair.
It would be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto State and its candidate, Sai’du Umar, having lost at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, filed a petition at the appellant court, challenging the judgment of the tribunal that upheld the victory of Aliyu at the March 18 election in the state.
However, the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, upheld the earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto State, reaffirming the governor’s victory at the March 18, 2023 polls.
Reacting to the judgement, the governor said: “We see this victory as a victory from the Almighty Allah and we thank him for that. We equally commend our judiciary for standing for the truth and what is right.
“Let me use this golden opportunity to renew my call to the opposition in Sokoto State to come and join hands with us so that together we can make the state better.”
The governor in his statement reassured the people of the state, of his administration’s unwavering determination to deliver the needed dividends of democracy.
“We will continue to provide an enabling environment that will guarantee the needed development in our dear state.
“We are determined to secure our dear state through sustained military operations until we eliminate bandits and other criminals by the special grace of God.
“We, therefore, need the unflinching support and cooperation of all and sundry in this direction,” he said.
Aliyu also expressed the need for the people of the state, to continue rallying around the present administration in its quest to transform the state.
He further thanked them for their support and fervent prayers to his administration, which has helped greatly in achieving the myriad of successes recorded in the state.
The governor however solicited more fervent prayers, suggestions and constructive criticisms aimed at making Sokoto state better.