Following the revalidation of the election of Kano State governor, Abba Kabir, by the Supreme Court, the governor has said President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima ignored the pressure to interfere in the legal battle.
A statement by the Director, Public Enlightenment, Kano Government House, Aliyu Yusuf, said the governor noted with pleasure how the duo didn’t involve themselves in the matter.
The statement reads: “As a true democrat and progressive, I call on my opponent and his supporters to join hands with me in the crusade of developing our dear state, Kano, for the betterment of its teaming indigenes.
“People of Kano need leaders with vision, passion, zeal, and commitment to initiating projects, and programmes that have a direct bearing on their lives in all facets.
“Alhaji Abba Kabir thanked Almighty Allah, the most exalted for the victory. He also commends the people of Kano for their support, steadfastness, prayers, sacrifices and brevity as well as the Supreme Court judges for upholding the glory of the judiciary.
“He also appreciated NNPP leaders at all levels particularly the leader of Kwankwasiyya Movement, Sen Rabi’u Kwankwaso, for his guidance and support during the trying period.’’
“The governor noted with pleasure how President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Deputy, Kashim Shettima, didn’t interfere in the apex court judgement despite stiff pressure from disgruntled quarters.”
Meanwhile, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, has hailed what it described as the courage of the justices of the Supreme Court, saying they upheld the principles of fairness.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the acting National Chairman of the party, Abba Ali, said the verdict affirmed the victory of NNPP and its candidate.
His words:” We know what APC stands for in Kano. The NNPP has a different ideology from other parties. We don’t fight or undermine others unlike what they do.
“But we still extend our hand of fellowship to other political parties. Already, our governor, after the ruling, said he would carry other political parties in Kano along.’’