By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Governor of Bayelsa State and newly elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has congratulated Dr. Bello Mohammed Mutawalle, on his return as the Governor-elect for Zamfara and the victory of other PDP candidates in the State by the Supreme Court.
The apex court had on Friday affirmed as nullity all the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State. The court further declared all the first runner up in the governorship, National and State Assembly elections which incidentally were candidates of the opposition PDP as winners and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue them with certificate of return.
In a statement on Friday, the Governor also congratulated the leaders of the party and its teeming supporters in Zamfara for their dedication, commitment and resilience which culminated in the party’s victory at the polls in Zamfara.
Governor Dickson who is also Chairman of the South South Governors Forum thanked the Judiciary for standing up to the expectations of all well meaning Nigerians as an impartial arbiter of Justice.
He said that it was rather reassuring and commendable for the judiciary to display such a high level of courage and professionalism, especially given the unusual times when the ruling party has gauged all democratic institutions.
He said that the ruling by the five-member panel of the Supreme Court read by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, on Friday, which annulled all the votes of the APC and returned Mutawalle as winner, was victory for justice and democracy in action.
He said, “I hereby congratulate the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Mohammed Mutawalle, on his victory at the Supreme Court whose ruling returned him as the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state.
“I also commend the leaders of the PDP and the teeming supporters of the party in Zamfara for their dedication and resilience.
“And very importantly, I thank the Judiciary, once again, for standing up to the expectations of the well-meaning Nigerian public as a strong, impartial arbiter that could be trusted.
“This landmark judgment is a victory for justice and indeed democracy in action.”
The Governor commended the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, for his exemplary display of leadership which has resulted in several victories for the PDP even during the prevailing circumstances.
PDP is further hopeful that their candidates in Osun and Kano states as well as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar its Presidential candidate in the February 23 Presidential election will be returned by the apex court.