By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA – Former governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada has congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello on his victory at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Wada, while congratulating Bello, also said that he had challenged Bello up to the apex court not out of selfish reasons but for the purpose of judicial interpretation and posterity.
The ex-governor who spoke through his special adviser on Media, Mr. Jacob Edi, said, “I wish to congratulate Governor Bello for his victory and wish him a successful tenure of office.”
“Our search for justice, which terminated yesterday (Tuesday) has been a long one; from the Tribunal through the Appeal Court up to the Supreme Court.”
“It is instructive to note that our pursuit of justice was not hinged on selfish, ethnic or such other chauvinistic sentiments. In the circumstance we found ourselves, in the immediate post-election days, we were convinced about the authenticity of the mandate given to us by the people of our dear State.”
“It will be on record that when we felt the mandate was not only threatened but stolen, we approached the judiciary for interpretation as provided by our laws. We have pursued our convictions to the highest court in the land.”
“As patriotic citizens, we shall abide by the judicial pronouncements. No doubts, our gesture has left it’s indelible marks on the development of our jurisprudence. It is hoped that at some point in the future, our efforts will be a reference point for generations yet unborn.”
Wada thank all his supporters and, especially the very good people of Kogi State and members of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; for standing by him “through thick and thin.” He said, “I appreciate the high level of cooperation I enjoyed from them while I was governor of the state. Our people should not despair. We must continue to remain loyal and faithful to our great party, the PDP, and work to make it stronger at both local and national levels. I urge you all to be prayerful, law abiding and cooperate with governments at all levels”.