The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has commended the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar for his doggedness, tenacity and strong belief in the judicial process.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that on Wednesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeal filed by the presidential candidate, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari during the February 23 presidential election.
However, in a statement from Sokoto State Government House, Mr Tambuwal stated that Mr Atiku’s stance towards the defeat “has contributed in no small measure in advancing our democracy”.
He said: “The verdict of the Supreme Court brought to a conclusion the long-drawn legal battle. I want to specially commend Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for his doggedness, tenacity and strong belief in the judicial process.
“His stance has contributed in no small measure in advancing our democracy. He is, without doubt, an icon of democracy. His place in Nigeria’s democratic journey is assured.”
The governor further urged members of the PDP not to be dismayed by the outcome of the court, reminding them that the “legal way has a terminal stage”.
“The verdict of the Supreme Court is final. In politics you win some, you lose some.
“Since our dear presidential candidate chose the legal way, it is a clear indication of the fact that he is not a supporter of resort to self – help, or violence, after all, power comes from God and He alone gives it to whom He wishes at His own time and on His own terms,” Mr Tambuwal stressed.
The governor, however, congratulated President Buhari on his victory, urging him to be magnanimous.
“Rather than encourage his supporters to engage in wild jubilations, this is a time for circumspection and rallying of Nigerians for the arduous task of tackling our huge developmental challenges.
“This is a time for Mr. President to run an inclusive government and strive to forge a true Nigerian nation and spirit,” Mr Tambuwal said.