Alhassan’s Tribunal Victory Confirmation Of ‘Real Change’ – Gbemisola Saraki

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Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki-Aisha Alhassan

As reactions continue to trail the Saturday judgment of the Taraba Governorship Election Tribunal, Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki has hailed the victory of Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, as the duly elected governor of Taraba State.

The tribunal, which sat in Abuja, sacked Governor Darius Ishaku from office, saying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries that produced him as the party’s flag bearer was done in violation of section 78 (b) (1)(2) of the Electoral Act.

The three-member tribunal, therefore, ruled that he was not qualified, ab-initio, to contest the April 11, 2015 governorship election.

In her reaction on Sunday, Saraki, a one-time governorship candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, for Kwara State in the 2011 general elections, described the tribunal’s judgment as “a monumental victory for Nigeria’s democracy, and a validation that real change is here to stay”.

According to Saraki, “the APC mantra of change is sweeping across Nigeria as the country is experiencing many unprecedented democratic firsts.

“This is yet another historic moment for Nigeria, particularly the women and the advocates who have struggled over the years for equality in the political space. It is a milestone that will revolutionise our perception about women leadership and its prospect for true democracy”, she said.

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