The newly elected governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), praised the Nigerian judicial system for facing the truth in fulfilling his responsibilities.
Nigeria’s news agency (NAN) reports that Matawalle became the new governor-elect on Friday, as a candidate with the second highest number of votes since the governor’s last election in the state.
This followed a decision by a jury composed of 5 members of the Supreme Court who annulled the All Progressive Congress (APC) victory over the party’s failure to execute the primaries as contained in the party’s constitution.
Matawalle, in a statement signed by one of his assistants, Mallam Umar Mohammed, said: “The sentence is a testimony that the judicial system was honest in fulfilling its responsibilities.
“l wish to congratulate the people of Zamfara State especially PDP supporters for remaining peaceful and orderly throughout the time we were seeking redress in the courts.
“l want to assure you that we will not fail in this confidence reposed in us and l want to appeal to all people in the state to continue to be law abiding as we transit into the new government,” he said.
Also reacting to the new development, the state’s outgoing Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala commended the Supreme Court judgement, describing it as “a landmark achievement for the nation’s democracy”.
Wakkala, who contested for the governorship position but lost out because he was not supported by his boss, outgoing governor Abdulaziz Yari, later joined seven other aspirants all within the APC and formed a faction which fought the governor and his supporters to a halt.
Meanwhile, supporters of the PDP as well as those of other political parties in the state have taken to the streets in jubilation over the Supreme Court pronouncement.