- President Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement in Kano and Plateau states
- The apex court on Monday, January 20, upheld the elections of Abdullahi Ganduje and Simon Lalong
- Buhari said losing both states would have been a big blow to the ruling APC
Hours after Supreme Court delivered judgement in governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states, President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted.
Legit.ng reports that the president observed that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) had lost Kano and Plateau states in the Supreme Court, it would have been a blow because they are strategic states.
He made the assertion in a congratulatory message after the apex court upheld the elections of Governor Gandujeand Governor Lalong on Monday, January 20.
A statement issued by the senior special assistant to the president media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the president felicitated with APC national executive council, national working committee and all members for the loyalty and consistency that translated into many victories, “particularly the politically strategic states, Kano and Plateau, after tough legal challenges.”
The president said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors. APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.’’
While congratulating all the APC governors that the Supreme Court affirmed their elections, President Buhari urged electorates and politicians to strengthen the country’s judicial processes by always seeking redress in court.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates.
“Election is good when they win. The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire system.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Kano chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court which on Monday, January 20, favoured Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
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