The Taraba State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has maintained high hopes of reclaiming its governorship mandate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Appeal Court had on December 30 upheld the election of Darius Ishaku of the PDP as governor of the state in an appeal he filed to challenge the verdict of the election petition tribunal, which nullified his election and declared Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan of the APC as governor-elect.
The APC candidate, is however, at the Supreme Court seeking nullification of the election
Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Jalingo, the state capital, the chairman of APC in Taraba, Alhaji Hassan Jika, said that although the party lost at the Appeal Court, they are very hopeful of victory at the Supreme Court.
He said they will not rest “until we claim the mandate given to Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan by people of the state”.
Jika also described the Appeal Court ruling as just a minor set-back.
“We believe in the rule of law. The issue is all about the law and we are still confident that we will be given back our mandate to serve the people of Taraba State. Our candidate has faith in the ability of the courts to do justice and you know our party, the APC always respects the law no matter the situation”, he said.
Jika maintained that the leadership as well as all members of the APC in Taraba State are solidly behind Senator Alhassan and that they will continue to seek for justice.
He further called on the people of Taraba State and all party supporters to remain peaceful and avoid anything that may breach peace anywhere in the state.