BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI—Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, has described the ruling of the Benue State Governorship Election Tribunal which dismissed the petition of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, challenging the victory of Governor Gabriel Suswam as a further affirmation that there was nothing like stolen mandate in the state.
Hagher, who reacted to the verdict, told Vanguard that the judgment was an indication that the outcome of the April governorship election was a true reflection of the wishes of the people.
He noted that the people of the state were well-enlightened and politically-conscious to make appropriate choices from candidates that vied for the position.
Hagher said: “There was nothing like a stolen mandate in Benue State; Governor Suswam legitimately won the last governorship election as declared by INEC; the election reflected the will of the people.”
The envoy who said he was not surprised by the verdict noted that Gov. Suswam ‘’won the election fair and square,’’ based on his good performance during his first term in office.
Also reacting, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Kester Kenge, said it was ‘’a victory for the people who have stood behind the governor after the overwhelming support they gave him at the polls.’’
Also, the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state through its Deputy Chairman, Mr. Joseph Nyiam, noted that the people of the state had been vindicated by the verdict of the tribunal, advising the leaders of the opposition to join hands with the Suswam administration to take the state to greater heights.