FORMER Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday in Abuja, congratulated the people and government of Kogi on the election of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as Governor.
It would be recalled that the state had been in a difficult situation
since November 22 when Prince Abubakar Audu, APC candidate, died and
INEC declared the gubernatorial election inconclusive on the same day.
In the run-up to the supplementary poll, Audu’s running mate, James
Faleke, had headed to court over the same issue, insisting he should be
declared governor-elect because Bello did not participate in the
A statement by Atiku’s Head of Media, Mr. Paul Ibe, commended
political and opinion leaders of the state and INEC for the successful
conclusion of the supplementary election.
“The fact that the election resulted in a clear winner after all the
doubts, tension, uncertainty, stresses and strains, is a testimony to
the fact that the people of the state are resilient and peace-loving.
“It shows that when adhered to, the tenets of democracy tends to yield an outcome satisfying to the people.
“The outcome of the election, has to a significant extent, enriched the
nation’s democracy because it has shown that Nigerians can manage
complex situations and yet make something out of it to the satisfaction
of all concerned.”
The statement enjoined the governor-elect to carry everyone along as he
sets out to organise his government for the good of the party and the
people of the state at large.
It advised aggrieved parties to respect the memory of late Audu “who
was coasting to victory before his sudden death, by availing themselves
of the known constitutional ways of seeking redress after an election.”
“The peaceful and conclusive manner the polls ended shows indeed that
the late Prince Abubakar Audu was beloved by his people and that they
are determined to keep faith with his ideals.”
The statement commended the national leadership of the APC for its
maturity and wisdom in directing affairs of the party in Kogi, saying
its focused leadership achieved the victory.