Wada’s governorship was challenged by Jibrin Echocho.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has congratulated Governor Idris Wada over Friday’s judgment of the Supreme Court which validated his election as Kogi State governor.
The Supreme Court had in a unanimous judgment, Friday, dismissed the petition against Mr. Wada by a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Jibrin Echocho, challenging the emergence of Mr. Wada as governor.
The Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeal was right to have upheld the High Court’s judgment which earlier declined jurisdiction to consider the case and dismissed Mr. Echocho’s appeal.
The lead judgment, prepared by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour and read by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, held that the case was a post-election matter.
The NGF in a statement by its Director General, Ashishana Okauru, on Saturday urged Mr. Wada to be humble in victory and warm up to the challenges of repositioning Kogi State and raising the standard of living of the people.
“We also implore those who contested Your Excellency’s victory at the polls to be gracious in defeat and join hands with the governor in moving the state forward. This is the minimum we owe our fledgling democracy,” it said
The Forum also said it associated itself completely with the majority of the people of Kogi State for electing Mr. Wada as their governor.