A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the partyâ€™s governorship candidate in Taraba State, Senator Aisha Alhassan, â€œdeserves the mandate that she was given by people of the state.â€
Senator Salisu Musa Matori, who spoke in Gombe said Senator Aisha Alhassan was elected by the people of Taraba State in the last governorship election â€œbecause of their love for her and their desire for change.â€
He maintained that on all grounds, Hajia Aisha was qualified to be governor of the state. He said apart from the fact that the people voted for her, â€œshe contested against a candidate that was not validly nominated by any political party.
He noted that Primaries is a necessary prerequisite for contesting election in Nigeria and that anything short of that is illegal and must be treated as such.
He said Senator Aisha Alhassanâ€™s victory at the Supreme Courtâ€ŽÂ will revive the faith of the masses in the judiciary.
â€œIt will also be a victory for not just the women folk, but the North and the entire country. It will further strengthen democracy and encourage women participationâ€ŽÂ in politics. It will show that Nigeriaâ€™s democracy has come of age,â€ he said.
He added: â€œWe are praying that the judges will be fair in their ruling as the judiciary still remains the last hope of the common man. The common man has nowhere to go apart from the judiciary, so it is imperative for the judges to show that they are there for the people and that justice will always be served.â€
The senator described the APC candidate as a courageous woman who has achieved a lot through hardwork. He hailed her for standing her ground and following the right channel to reclaim her mandate.
The governorship election petition tribunal had sacked Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and returned Senator Aisha Alhassan, who is also Minister of Women Affairs, as governor of the state.
But the Appeal court upturned that ruling.
Hajia Aisha Alhasan is currently before the Supreme Court appealing that verdict.
Culled from Vanguard Newspaper