National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has hailed the Appeal Court judgement that sacked the state Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf and declared the governorship candidate of the APC in the March 18 election, Dr Nasir Yusuf Gawuna as winner of the poll.
Ganduje said the APC would win again if the NNPP and Governor Yusuf headed to Supreme Court.
Reacting to the judgement during a press conference on Friday in Abuja, Ganduje said Gawuna’s administration would provide better opportunities for the masses and record more achievements than his eight years as governor of the state.
Ganduje expressed optimism that even if Abba Kabir Yusuf files an appeal at the Supreme Court, the APC would defeat him to clinch the Kano apex seat.
“We have to thank the judiciary. There is no doubt this is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for APC and a victory for Kano State. This is an indication that democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. Democracy we can say is matured in Nigeria. We have to thank all those stakeholders, the political parties, even the NNPP that took us to the Appeal Court.
“For Kano State, this victory is for all of us. We are fully aware, we know what happens during the election; a lot of malpractices and we took the issue to the tribunal and by the grace of God, we got a fair judgement in favour of our great party, APC.
“Now, the government in power, the NNPP decided to go the Court of Appeal and this morning (yesterday), by the power of God, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgement of the lower court. And by so doing, our gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna is the duly elected governor of Kano State.
“But in all, probably, they will go to the Supreme Court which is part of democracy. There is nothing wrong for them to go to the Supreme Court. We too, we are ready to meet them in Supreme Court. And Insha Allah, we will win at the Supreme Court as well.
“But we want to assure the people of Kano State that the good administration that was provided in my eight years with my deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna and now, the governor-elect for Kano State will provide a similar, not even similar, I believed he will provide a better administration, more achievements will be recorded in Kano State because that is what we expect.”
Also speaking, Gawuna expressed happiness over the judgement and assured the people of the state of good governance under his watch.