The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Taraba State governorship election, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has said her struggle to reclaim her mandate through lawful means was still on course.
Speaking at an Iftar (breaking of Ramadan fast) dinner with women in Abuja on Thursday, the former senator said that her struggle is for all Nigerian women, who for a long time, were being shortchanged because of their gender.
The governorship candidate also commended the women for their support which she said has encouraged her in her struggles.
“Your show of comradeship gave me a lot of courage and that kept me going. I felt stronger because I knew I was not alone in the struggle. It also strengthened my resolve to nudge on in this difficult terrain of Nigerian politics which is believed generally to be an exclusive preserve of the menfolk. You really encouraged and strengthened me my dear sisters”, she said.
Alhassan recalled that she kicked against the election result when the PDP candidate, Darius Ishaku, was declared winner in the April 11 election because it was rigged in his favour.
Ishaku was declared winner of the governorship poll with 360,318 votes while the APC flag bearer got 275,985 votes
“I addressed a press conference where I rejected the results at the Election Petition Tribunal. Soon after the constitution of the Election Petition Tribunals, I filed a petition challenging the outcome of our elections”, she added.
Nicknamed ‘Mama Taraba’, Mrs. Alhassan explained that her prayers at the tribunal are that results from areas marred by irregularities should be discountenanced while invalid votes should be cancelled and the valid votes be recounted and re-allocated and the winner be declared.
“All I can say since the matter is before the court is that, I have confidence that we shall succeed (by the grace of God)”, she added.