Smiles and Frowns as Supreme Court Delivers Another Gale of Guber Verdicts

…Protests in Nasarawa … Joyful rendezvous in Ogun, Delta As is the tradition, the judgment of the Supreme Court on pending governorship election cases, have elicited contrasting reactions in the camps of the winners and the losers. While some of the losers have taken their resentment to the streets, some of the winners are toasting

…Protests in Nasarawa

… Joyful rendezvous in Ogun, Delta

As is the tradition, the judgment of the Supreme Court on pending governorship election cases, have elicited contrasting reactions in the camps of the winners and the losers. While some of the losers have taken their resentment to the streets, some of the winners are toasting with champagne glasses.

No side of the political divide actually won it all. For example, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a loser in Nasarawa State, the party’s candidates emerged victorious in Delta and Rivers States. On the other hand, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which lost out in Delta and Rivers triumphed in Nasarawa and Ogun States.

Soon after the Supreme Court affirmed the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule on Friday January 19, some residents were said to have taken to the streets to protest the judgement believing their candidate ought to have been declared winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship elections.

Some women, clad in black wrappers were spotted sitting in the middle of the busy Lafia – Jos highway while the men amongst them rolled out used Tyres and made bonfire on some of the streets of Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.

The protesters are believed to be supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. David Umbugadu.

The Lafia-Jos Road was completely blocked as the protesters lit bonfire to prevent travelers and other road users from having a thorough fare.

It was learnt that motorists had to take alternative routes out of Lafia, the state capital.

Armed policemen who were deployed to the trouble spots allegedly used teargas to restore calm and avert escalation.

However, shop owners and business centres temporarily shut down for hours.

However, the security presence of security agents restored calm and curtailed the escalation of the protest.

It was observed that the protest was restricted to Lafia. Mr Stephen Ayara, a retired civil servant who lives in Keffi town said Keffi was peaceful on Friday evening.

According to him, the political actors and stakeholders in Keffi had sensitised residents on the need to maintain peace.

In Delta, Ogun, and Rivers States however it has been wide jubilations in the camps of Governors Sheriff Oborevwori, Dapo Abiodun and Simi Fubara whose victories in last year’s governorship elections were affirmed.

Reacting to the ruling in the Delta State judgement, the former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the general election, Ifeanyi Okowa, commended the supreme court judgement which he described as the emblem of confidence in the Nigerian judiciary system.

In his reaction, the former governor of the state, charged the citizens of the state to collaborate with the state governor to find solution to the challenges the state is encountering as the administration continues to show commitment to the development of the state.

“Following today’s historic judgment by the Supreme Court that has declared Governor Sheriff Oborevwori as the duly elected leader of our great state, Delta, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, our Deputy Governor H.E. Monday Onyeme, and our esteemed party, the PDP.

“This judgment truly underscores the trust and confidence that the people of our state, The Big Heart of the Nation, have placed in the leadership of Governor Oborevwori’s administration and our great party.

“As we celebrate this significant achievement, we must see this as a renewed commitment to work collaboratively for all Deltans by focusing on our common goals, pushing to manifest our shared dreams and aspirations, and working to find solutions to the problems that confront our great state and its remarkable people.

Also reacting to the apex court’s judgment, Governor Dapo Abiodun expressed joy over the affirmation, stating that the ruling has further entrusted his government with the responsibility of creating a more prosperous and harmonious society for all. “We embrace this weighty duty and vow to fulfill it diligently”, he said.

His statement after the judgement fully reads “I am profoundly grateful to the incredible people of Ogun State, our extraordinary political party, the All Progressives Congress, and its dedicated members, as well as other prominent individuals who have supported us unwaveringly.

“We have navigated through numerous stages of the election petition tribunal with success, culminating in the Supreme Court’s ultimate validation of our triumph.

“This confirmation provides undeniable evidence that the citizens of Ogun State bestowed this mandate upon us, entrusting us with the responsibility of creating a more prosperous and harmonious society for all. We embrace this weighty duty and vow to fulfill it diligently.

“Having maneuvered through the intricate phases of the election petition tribunal, we can proudly proclaim that the Supreme Court has resoundingly affirmed our triumph.

This profound validation unquestionably attests to the unwavering trust the people of Ogun State have bestowed upon us, confident in our capability to forge a society brimming with prosperity and harmony.

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