S/Court judgement has put election bandits to eternal shame – Fintiri
• Vows to prosecute electoral coupists, collaborators
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has today lauded the court as the last bastion of hope for the people adding that the supreme court judgement which finally asserted his electoral victory has put election bandits into eternal shame.
The governor who made the position via a state wide broadcast his first official broadcast after his supreme court victory thanked the courts, Adamawa citizens and INEC for stoutly defending democracy throughout the period of infernal provocation.
He promised to continue to serve the people with passion in order to consolidate the successes built in the last four years.
Fintiri similarly thanked the people of the state for their untiring support to the PDP which made Adamawa State the foothold and bedrock of PDP culminating in the success of the party in last Saturday’s state constituency by-election.
“I give all the glory to God that we are where we are today. The Supreme Court verdict of Wednesday 31st January 2024, has officially closed all the noise on the 2023 election in Adamawa State. The days of lying and deceits are over. The moments of false propaganda and cheap talks are gone.
“It is no longer in contest that Adamawa state is a state for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). This has been affirmed both at the polls and in the courts. The people have spoken loud and clear. A testament to this, is our latest victory at the Mayo Belwa Constituency House of Assembly rerun election.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in this election, especially the voters who felt that the best icing they can put on the cake of the Supreme Court verdict, for us as a party and our dear state is that we deserved victory. It isn’t a win for the candidate or even for Mayo- Belwa alone, it is a win for the PDP and everyone who believe in the Adamawa Project under my leadership.
“Fellow Adamawa citizens, you went to the polls, you voted for us believing that we are the best for you. You stood by us at a time when some miscreants wanted to steal your mandates. You were there with us in the various courtrooms to demonstrate your resistance to state capture. You never wavered.
“For doing all these and more, you have proved that your love for us, for your state and for the future of Adamawa State is beyond quantification. We are forever indebted to you for choosing yourself and the future of our dear State in this journey. This judgement is a tonic to spur Professor Farauta and I, to do more for you and our dear state.
“As a government, we are humbled by the fact that the best way to pay back is to serve you well. By serving you well, I mean a renewed dedication to our ongoing policy of free education through functional public school system and payment of WAEC and NECO for our children; provision of healthcare and health insurance that makes it easier for the vulnerable to access quality service with ease: continuity in the provision of urban and rural infrastructure; continuity of policies that empower our women and youths; continuity of justice and fair play; continuity of peace and a security architecture that makes your life a priority; continuous onslaught against the nefarious urban miscreants known as the Shila boys; continuity in a system that confers on you pride, dignity and self- respect as brethren of Adamawa State and indeed more reinforcement that would forever bury election bandits into a pit beyond resurrection,” Fintiri said.
The governor who vows to prosecute the electoral bandits noted that he will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that those who brought monumental embarrassment and their collaborators are not spared.
“I must appreciate INEC for standing firm as an unbiased electoral umpire in this election even when its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), acted irresponsibly and unlawfully. The Supreme Court in its judgement has condemned the action of the REC as an act of “irresponsibility and criminality”.
“As for those who connived with the REC to make us pass through those democratically embarrassing moments, I want to assure you once again, that we owe it a duty to prosecute all of them according to the dictates of the law. This is the only way we can protect our electoral process and democratic culture from undue abuse.
“The Hon. Justices at the different layers of the courts have indeed painstaking dissected the petition brought at various levels and came out with a judgement that resonates with the people of Adamawa State. A judgement that is fair and just. Indeed, this has reaffirmed our belief in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man..
“To our legal team led by Damian Dodo SAN, MA Mahmoud SAN, Chief Leonard Nzadon and all the other Counsels that brought us to this point, you are simply the best team to lead me to the court room anytime any day. THANK YOU.
“I have at various stages, implored all the litigants and everyone that has Adamawa at heart to set aside whatever misgivings and move on. We have wasted enough time. We have raised false hopes and rendered enough havoc to the anxious psyche of our supporters. We have inflicted enough injury to our bond and unity as a people.
“I am saying now, enough is enough! There is a limit to what falsehood can achieve. Adamawa state is greater than each one of us. The task ahead is enormous, requiring unity of purpose, a pooling of resources, integration of talents and leveraging the unique attributes of each of us, to reinvent a better society for our people,” he added.