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Sokoto guber dispute: Aliyu lauds a’court on judgment affirming election

Ahmed Aliyu, governor of Sokoto, has hailed the court of appeal over the judgment affirming his election.

On August 26, the election tribunal in Sokoto reserved judgment in the suit filed by Sa’idu Umar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the March 18 election.

Dissatisfied with the verdict of the election petition tribunal, the PDP appealed the judgment.

On Monday, the court of appeal in Abuja affirmed Aliyu’s election as governor of Sokoto.

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A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP and Umar.

The panelists unanimously ruled that they found no reason to upturn the verdict of the tribunal which upheld the governor’s victory.

Reacting to the decision, Aliyu said his victory was the “will of Almighty Allah”.

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In a statement on Monday, Abubakar Bawa, press secretary to the governor, said the judgment “was a confirmation of Nigeria’s impartial and just judiciary”.

The governor expressed gratitude to the people for their support and prayers, while encouraging more suggestions and constructive criticisms for the progress of the state.

He assured the public of his administration’s commitment to delivering the dividends of democracy.

Aliyu also urged the opposition to work with him for the development of the state.

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“We view this triumph as a divine blessing, and we commend the judiciary for upholding truth and justice,” the governor said.

“We remain resolute in providing an environment conducive for development in our state.

“Our commitment includes ongoing efforts to eliminate bandits and criminals through sustained military operations.”

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