SUPREME COURT RULING: ANXIETY IN KANO, SOKOTO, BAUCHI, BENUE, PLATEAU

There is anxiety in Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue and Plateau
as the Supreme Court will today deliver judgment on the
March 9, 2019 governorship election in the states.
According to Daily Independent findings, the apprehension
in the states is connected to last Tuesday’s judgment of the
Supreme Court, which sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Imo State
and declared Hope Uzodinma, the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the election.
In Bauchi, some politicians and other stakeholders are
having “sleepless nights’ as they await the outcome of
Supreme Court verdict today.Supporters and members of
PDP and APC had been voicing their optimism of emerging
victorious. The level of anxiety, as well as optimism by both
sides are being reflected on daily basis in political
programmes aired by radio stations across the state.
Alhaji Uba Nana, chairman of the APC in the state, said his
party had embarked on a prayer session ahead of the
Supreme Court verdict.
Nana, who reserved all comments till after the judgment,
said the party was hoping for a successful outcome at the
apex court.
“We are reserving our comments until after the verdict on
Monday (today); we have nothing much to say but I can tell
you that we are very prayerful now.
“We are in prayers and hoping for a successful outcome at
the Supreme Court on Monday,” Nana said.
Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, Publicity Secretary of PDP in the
state, also said that his party had absolute trust in the
Supreme Court and believed that justice would not only be
done, but would be seen to have been done.
“As it is now, the judiciary is the only hope of upholding the
mandate given to Governor Bala Mohammad by the people
of Bauchi State.
“We have trust that the court would do justice in delivering
its judgment; we have no fear at all and just as we won the
election without rigging, by God’s grace, we will have cause
to celebrate,” he said.
A member of one of the parties who pleaded for anonymity
said that in an event of their losing at the apex court, he
and others had decided to leave Bauchi.
“The tension is so palpable and expectations for success,
very high; we cannot withstand losing out because the
embarrassment will be enormous; we will rather leave in an
event of failure at the Supreme Court,” he vowed.
Meanwhile, checks revealed that some politicians in the
state had resorted to spending their nights in the mosque,
praying to God to grant their parties victory at the apex
court.
A prominent politician in Bauchi, who confirmed this
development said because of the dicey situation at hand,
himself and others were not willing to take chances.
“Some of us resolved to leave the comfort of our bedrooms
and turn to God for salvation.
“We stay overnight in the mosque praying because, as
Muslims, we know that Almighty often grants requests
pleaded for during late night,” he revealed.
The state governor, Bala Mohammed of the PDP is hoping
the court will uphold his election against Muhammadu
Abubakar of the APC.
It would be recalled the incumbent governor, Bala
Mohammed of PDP, had himself told newsmen shortly after
his victory at the Appeal Court in Jos that he could not
sleep a day to the Jos verdict.
The governor is now in United Kingdom on medical
checkup, according to an earlier statement by his Media
Aide, Muktar Gidado.
Also addressing a news conference in Abuja, Bauchi State
Commissioner for Information, Ladan Salihu, said Governor
Bala Mohammed is not bothered about the judgment,
having won the election overwhelmingly.
“Bala Mohammed is a democrat, a product of democracy,
rule of law and he is a champion of good governance. He
believes that the judiciary is the last hope of the common
man and the common man in Bauchi State voted Bala
Mohammed.
“We are very confident that justice will be served in our
favour. I wouldn’t be the first to go near the red line of sub
judice, but I can tell you confidently that we are not
particularly worried, but concerned because it is a process
that is not in our hands.
“The governor is very calm, we are hopeful and we are not
by any stretch of the imagination, worried or afraid of the
process,” he added.
He assured residents and supporters that a final affirmation
of Governor Mohammed will only lead to better governance
and an improved Bauchi State.
Also speaking, DSP Kamal Abubakar, the state’s Police
Public Relations Officers, assured that the command was on
top of the situation as it had taken adequate measure to
ensure that there was no break-down of law and order after
the verdict.
In Kano, the candidate of the PDP, Abba Kabir, is
challenging the election of Governor Umar Ganduje. In
Sokoto, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, the governorship candidate of
the APC is seeking to upturn the election of Governor Aminu
Waziri Tambuwal of the PDP.
Also in Benue, Emmanuel Jime, candidate of the APC is
praying the Supreme Court to declare him as the authentic
winner of the election which produced Governor Samuel
Ortom of the PDP; while in Plateau State, Governor Simon
Lalong of the APC is up in arms against General Jeremiah
Useni of the PDP.
Speaking with our correspondent, Alhaji Idrissa Mohammed,
a chieftain of the PDP in Sokoto said there is apprehension
in the state as there are rumours that the powers that be
are planning to give Tambuwal the Ihedioha treatment.
“Yes, everywhere is tensed. Since the Supreme Court
judgment on the Imo governorship election, there are fears
that some powers that be have concluded plans to punish
Governor Tambuwal for dumping the APC for PDP. We are
optimistic of victory because we know Tambuwal won the
election and he has been performing to the delight of the
people of Sokoto”, he said.
Also speaking, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister
of Transport, said he has lost faith in the Supreme Court
following the judgment delivered in Osun governorship
election.
He also described the Imo governorship ruling by the
Supreme Court as very unfortunate.
“I am a lawyer but I have lost faith in that Supreme Court
since they gave judgment on the Osun governorship matter.
I knew they could do the same at any place, it depends on
where their brain wave moves.
“The judgment of Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State is a very
unfortunate judgment but the Supreme Court is the highest
judgment in the land and so, I wish them the very best.
When a Supreme Court now says because a judge did not
come to work, therefore it is the fault of the party and it is a
technical matter and so, Osun PDP has lost the election.
We are now under the rule of autocracy and
misgovernance. I am not hoping for anything in tomorrow’s
judgment (today)”, he said.

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