Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday congratulated his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on the Supreme Court judgments, which upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari felicitated with APC National Executive Council, the 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.
He 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, Buhari urged the electorate 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 judgment 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 judgment, they disparage the entire system,” Buhari said.