Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has described the recent judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed him the winner of the 2023 governorship election in the state as a testimony of the just and fair judicial process in the country.
The governor stated this on Sunday while addressing residents of the state who gathered at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport to welcome him and his entourage back to the state.
The governor, accompanied by the leader of the party in the state, Aliyu Wamakko, arrived at the state at about 3:15 pm before proceeding to the Gawon-nama residence of Wamakko, which took them about three hours, as against 20 minutes, due to the mammoth crowd.
Speaking while addressing the crowd, Aliyu Sokoto dedicated his victory at the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the entire people of the state, saying it is a dedication of their trust and belief in his capacity to take the state forward.
He added that the victory was for the entire state and not for him or the party.
He said, “The judgment is a clear testimony that the judiciary is just and fair in their judgment.
“I want to appreciate Mr President, Senator Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Senator Kashim Shettima, for ensuring that justice is delivered accordingly without any interference.
“I want to say thank you to the judges for ensuring that justice is delivered by the rule of law. I also appreciate my legal team for doing just in their case.
“I also want to use the opportunity to appreciate my father, my mentor and political leader, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, for his belief in me.
“Let me use the opportunity to call on the opposition party in the state to join hands together with me in making the state a better one”
The governor further assured the people of the state of his intentions to continue on his development projects in the state, saying we will continue as we did in my 100 days in the office
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work till 2027 in taking the state to greater heights for the benefit of all”
A former governor of the state, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, said the opposition in the state did everything within their power to hijack Aliyu’s victory.
He said, “But at the end of the day, Ahmed Aliyu is our governor.
“It is not by the power of Aliyu Wamakko or that of Ahmed Aliyu but that of the Almighty God who enthroned Aliyu as the governor today by his divine power.
“There were attempts to hijack our victory and our party but we thank God that we were able to hold it.
“From the election to the tribunal to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, our governor was declared the winner in all the cases.
“I want to assure you that the governor will not disappoint the people of the state in the provision of good governance to the people.”
He advised the governor not to let the people of the state down in his decision-making, urging him to continue to work for the development of the state.
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