Losing Kano, Plateau would have been a blow ― Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost Kano and Plateau States in the Supreme Court, it would have been a blow because they are strategic states.
He made the assertion in a congratulatory message after the apex court upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State and Governor Simon Lalong, Plateau State on Monday.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, said the President felicitated with APC National Executive Council, National Working Committee and all members for the loyalty and consistency that translated into many victories, “particularly the politically strategic states, Kano and Plateau, after tough legal challenges.”
The President said, “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors. APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.’’
While congratulating all the APC governors that the Supreme Court affirmed their elections, President Buhari urged electorates and politicians to strengthen the country’s judicial processes by always seeking redress in court.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates.
“Election is good when they win. The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire system.”