In Taraba APC supporters say tribunal verdict has restored glory

Meanwhile, the court premises and surroundings were agog with celebration as the verdict of the tribunal filtered to the crowd who were anxiously waiting inside and outside of the premises.

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Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Taraba on Saturday said the court had restored their joy and glory of producing the first democratically-elected female governor.

The APC supporters told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja shortly after the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for Taraba which declared Mrs Aisha Alhassan of APC as governor.

The tribunal in its judgment delivered at the Court of Appeal premises in Abuja nullified the election of Darius Ishaku of the PDP on the grounds that he was not validly nominated at the PDP primaries to contest the governorship election.

One of the supporters, Amina Dauda, said the victory was well-deserved ``and it shows that the judiciary is the last hope for aggrieved people.

``I am happy that a woman is now the governor of Taraba.

``It is a good encouragement for us and we have made history in Nigeria.’’

Another supporter, Mr Suleiman Ibrahim, said that ``the judgment is a confirmation that Taraba is for APC.’’

Ibrahim said he was happy that a woman from APC was declared winner of the election by the tribunal ``and that is a reflection of the wish of Taraba people.’’

Meanwhile, the court premises and surroundings were agog with celebration as the verdict of the tribunal filtered to the crowd who were anxiously waiting inside and outside of the premises.

APC supporters were seen jubilating and shouting ``APC!’’, `Sai Baba!!’’.

Some other groups were also seen outside the court premises blasting music and dancing.

It took the efforts of security men to clear the way for the APC candidate to gain access to her car when she stepped out of the court room, as security was beefed up within and around the court to control the crowd.

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