President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, on his 60th birthday, urging him to make good governance his priority in order to leave a lasting and favourable legacy.
President Buhari said: “Life is the most invaluable gift from God and we should use our birthday to thank our creator and reflect on life, with humility.’’
The President, who wished the governor “many more years and good health’’, advised him “not to rest on his oars because the task of fulfilling campaign promises is even greater than the campaign efforts.’’
“I urge you to make good governance your watchword because your good performance will be the yardstick by which your tenure will be judged for years to come. I wish you a happy birthday and more prosperous years ahead,’’ President Buhari added.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the outcomes of the governorship elections in Oyo, Kaduna, and Nasarawa states.
The court upheld the elections after listening to separate appeals regarding the outcomes.
Seyi Makinde Wins
The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election victory of Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Oyo State governor.
In a unanimous judgment, the Apex Court found merit in the appeal filed by Mr. Makinde that the majority judgment of the Appeal Court was a miscarriage of justice.
The Appeal Court had earlier ruled against the Oyo election tribunal which dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Adebayo Adelabu.
Governor Makinde urged the Apex Court to set aside the decision of the court of Appeal and restore the judgment of the tribunal which affirmed his election as the governor of Oyo State.
After listening to both counsels, the panel headed by Justice Ejembi Eko went on a short recess and returned to deliver the judgment.
The court, therefore, affirmed the majority judgment of the tribunal which upheld the election of Makinde as the duly elected governor of Oyo State.
In the case of Kaduna state governorship election, Mr Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the Supreme Court challenging the election victory of Nasir El-Rufai.
However, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the appeal filed by Ashiru was dismissed for lacking in merit.
Victory For Abdullahi Sule
Also in Nasarawa State, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal filed by David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Sule’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election.
The court held that the appellant failed to prove allegations of substantial non-compliance in the election.
The governor explained that the firm plans relocating four of its turbines in South Africa to the state where it will begin the electricity generation which he said will power the entire state.
“I am happy that I’m here today to actually start this project, but my happiest day in Obi will come when I bring General Electric to come and use the coal deposits in Obi, with the four turbines that they are going to relocate from South Africa to Obi, so that they can start generating the 1000megawatts that will power the entire state,” he said.
Governor Sule believes that the project will not just provide services to the people but it will also generate employment as well as economic activities.
“The state government should assist security agencies with the necessary logistics. The government should also identify local vigilante and encourage them for effective service delivery as well as to check to mate the rising security challenges in the state,” he said.
While moving a motion on the need for an urgent step to address insecurity across the state, Ogazi, of the All Progressives Congress who represents Kokona East constituency, said that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace.
The motion was, however, supported by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker representing Kokona West constituency, Danladi Jatau, after which it was unanimously passed.