Politics as they say is a dirty game. So dirty it may not only spoil your name but also soil your reputation, if played wrongly or caught on the wrong side of a power play. Nigeria have witnessed the good, the bad and the ugliest of election process within a short time of its existence. Election malpractice, inconsistent leadership, corrupt management system, ghana-must-go appointments and immature legislature has become the bane of modern politics in Nigeria. The judiscial system save for one or two cases, hasn’t rose to the occassion at all but with the new government of change in place, we can only hope for better days ahead. That being said, the court seems and actually is, the last hope for begrudged candidates or party to seek for redress if its believed the election was frauded and pre-concieved against their favour
In lieu of this,the Taraba state governorship election petition tribunal on saturday did well to nullify the election of the state governor, Darius Ishaku on the ground that he was not validly nominated and sponsored by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The tribunal headed by Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar ordered that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hajia Aisha Alhassan, who scored the second highest votes, be declared the winner of the election. It also held that by overwhelming evidence led by the petitioners (APC and Alhassan), represented by Mahmud Magaji (SAN), it
was discovered that the PDP did not hold a valid primary as required by the Electoral Act.
Could this be a ‘Hand of God’ or simply a supremacy of justice having recalled fully well the rumours making the rounds as at the time votes were being collated in taraba that Nigeria was about to witness her first female democratically elected Governor… And 7months down the line, here we are with our Mama Taraba. I will not dwell much on the politics of APC and PDP neither do I have a problem with their tactics and dirty politricks. However, I strongly believe this victory is a beacon of hope to the citizenry, a reminder of the trust we once had in the judicial system and a shining ruby amidst the rumbles currently plaguing the government of Buhari.
As we continue to await the subsequent events of the coming days, I personally congratulate Mama Taraba, SEN. AISHA ALHASSAN on this record-breaking feat and also I admonish DAIRUS ISHAKU , the now Former Governor to shield his sword and bequeath power to ‘mama taraba’ in peace and good faith. Moreso, Mama Taraba needs to know that the journey ahead is laced with thorns and spears, except she zipps up and rise to the occasion, her tenure might just be the first as well as the last for any Female Aspirants not just in Taraba, but in Nigeria as a whole.
Have spoken my mind…..OVER TO YOU MADAM GOVERNOR
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