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Lalong’s victory at tribunal expected- Commissioner designate



Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, a commissioner designate in Plateau, has said that Gov. Simon Lalong’s victory at the Governorship Election  Petitions Tribunal in the state was expected.

It would recalled that the tribunal on Wednesday in Jos affirmed Lalong’s victory in the March general elections.

Garga, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, told Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Jos that the victory was expected because the people of Plateau overwhelmingly gave Lalong their mandate.

“The judgement is not unexpected, we were very optimistic that we will come out victorious because there was nothing anybody has done that will warrant cancellation of the mandate.

“Everybody, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate who were challenging the victory knew that the mandate was freely given to Lalong by the people,’’he said.

The commissioner designate wonder why the petitioner went to the tribunal, saying it was clear that the governor won the election.

He, however said that it was the responsibility of the petitioner to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

“You cannot just come with bogus allegations here and there and it is always very difficult to prove to a level that the judges will be convinced of the allegations.

“You can write anything but to defend it is the issue,” he said.

Garga said said that with the tribunal proceedings and indeed the distraction over, the governor would now concentrate on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

He further said there was high expectation from the people of Plateau and expressed confidence that they would not be disappointed, assuring that they would see dividends of democracy that they had never seen before.

According to him, Lalong has already appointed his commissioners and what is left for him is to swear them in to hit the ground running and start delivering dividends of democracy to people of the state. (NAN)


Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam and Abdullahi Yusuf

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