So it’s no longer news that Gov. Gabriel Torwua Suswam of Benue State won at the election appeal tribunal at the Supreme Court Abuja. The very moment it happened, radio stations all over Benue state were agog with the news of his victory.
This has being a long drawn battle between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Nigeria’s People’s Party (ANPP) since the announcement of the results of the Governorship election in 2011. Clearly, this did not go down well with them. Let me take a minute here and bring you up to speed.
Prof. Steve Torkuma Ugbah of ACN and Prof. Daniel Saror of ANPP both dragged Gov. Suswam of PDP to court over the allegation that the election was not free and fair and that it should have been in their favour. The case went from one lower court to the next higher court, probably delayed as it went. By the time it got to the Supreme Court for hearing, the 180days time frame (according to the 2011 amended constitution of Nigeria) was over and the court had no choice but to rule in favor of the PDP.
|Gov. Gabriel Suswam|
|Prof. Steve Ugbah|
So a lot of people began to ask, was the justice system actually fair. A lot of controversies surrounded the Apex court 8th of June ruling in Abuja, but hey, the PDP got their deserved victory right?
I can’t help but notice how very confident the PDP were before the ruling. Radio jingles, billboards and banners across the state had inscriptions to show their confidence in their preempted victory.
Anyway, there was a lavish celebration for the PDP back home in Benue state, as politicians gathered in their numbers at the Ibrahim Babangida Square (IBB Square) to celebrate from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
This is wishing you, Rt. Hon. Dr. Gov. Gabriel Torwua Suswam a victorious celebration! Benue sons and daughters are counting on you Sir, to deliver your promise to move the state forward.