The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said that the judgement of the Supreme Court today, October 26, on the Presidential election held on February 25 this year, has reaffirmed the integrity and reputation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
According to him, “INEC’s reputation has never been in question or in doubt at all.
“All the jobs they have done have been affirmed by the Supreme Court today and I’m confident that in the Kogi election, more successes will be recorded by INEC.”
Governor Yahaya Bello was reacting to the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), over the Presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
He called on the opposition to sheath their swords and support the government of President Tinubu.
“If Mr. President succeeds, it is Nigerians that succeed and we are praying and working hard that Mr. President should succeed because when a leader succeeds, it touches on all the followers.
“We are praying for Mr. President to succeed so that he can deliver the dividends of democracy to all Nigerians and Nigeria on the path of the Renewed Hope that he promised us earlier.”
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, also reacting to the Supreme Court ruling asked the opposition to go to sleep “or they can now congratulate our President and if they actually did mean well for our country.
“You aspired to an office with the belief that you can offer the country the representation that it deserves, but it must not be a do-or-die. If that opportunity does not present itself for you now and the courts and people have chosen who they want, if you really do mean well for the country, what you need to do is congratulate that person, join hands with that person to ensure that what you want to do is achieved, that the common man gets the best of governance.”
He said that President Tinubu can now be focused on the task of governance, against the background that all the distractions are behind him.
“He has a lot of work to do. He’s assumed this office at a time when audacious and bold decisions have to be made, which he has made. He now has to keep his eyes on the ball and continue with his plans in line with is Renewed Hope Agenda.
Governor Abiodun said that by this judgement, the Supreme Court has also put to rest, a lot of issues that will now become precedents in law.
“I’m sure that some other cases where either appeals have been filed at the appellate level or the Supreme Court, will probably be withdrawn.
Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State advised the opposition to put behind the differences and work for the betterment of the country, saying that it is a victory for all.
“We must have a clear direction on how to get all hands on deck to get the economy of Nigeria on track. Let us put behind us whatever differences, political or otherwise; and let us rally round this administration for the benefit of Nigerians because at the end of the day, we all want food on our table, we all want good roads , the food is not for a particular party, the road is not for a particular party, it is for all Nigerians and that should be our concept, going forward.”