The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold his victory at the April 11 governorship election would put all issues on election matters to rest “once and for all”.
In a statement after the ruling on Tuesday, Mr. Ambode said the ruling had further proven the judiciary to be the critical institution that would deepen Nigeria’s democratic values.
In the same vein, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, described the ruling as the “final nail in PDP’s coffin.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the election petition brought by Jimi Agbaje and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the outcome of the governorship election.
The appellate court had upheld the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal which, on July 1, struck out the petition filed by Mr. Agbaje.
“Our government is thus poised without further delay to provide the needed leadership to justify the confidence reposed in us, especially with the ruling coming in the wake of the swearing-in of members of the State Executive Council,” Mr. Ambode said in a statement by Habib Aruna, his Chief Press Secretary.
“We have in the last four months embarked on reforms in the judicial and security sectors based on our conviction that these are the fundamental organs on which any government can carry out its duties optimally; we believe this is the way to go, we won’t relent until we achieve our goals to make life more comfortable for our people irrespective of creed or colour.”
Also reacting to the apex court’s verdict, Mr. Obasa said it had put the final legal seal on the victory of the governor in particular, and the party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in general in the election.
“That the people of Lagos love Ambode and APC is not in doubt. Thus this Supreme Court victory is a final legal seal in the victory of our governor and the party at large,” he said.
“Our party has been tested and Lagosians have come to trust us hence their support for us.
“By going to court, the PDP and its candidate wanted to exercise their legal rights and thank God, the courts have proved to them that the mandate the Governor and our party is holding is legitimately given to them by the people of this state. It is final nail in their coffin.”
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