By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the March 18, 2023 election in Kaduna State, Isa Ashiru, has said that he won the election and never prayed that the election be declared inconclusive.
He urged the people of Kaduna State to continue in their prayers towards ensuring that their mandate is returned to them in the state.
He explained, “The prayers of the good people of Kaduna State towards reclaiming our mandate has yielded fruitful result. The tribunal confirmed that the March 18th, 2023 election was not concluded, so, declaring Uba Sani as the winner was very wrong.”
Ashiru, while reacting to the tribunal’s judgement during a press conference at his residence at the weekend, explained that there are grey areas to be challenged at the court of appeal.
According to him, “I want to make this clarification that after meeting with our legal team we agreed that the tribunal has done its part but, we still have to do a follow up. So, we are going to the court of appeal to address some grey areas, and we have documents to support our claims.
“Going by the tribunal’s judgement, a re-run has been declared in 22 polling units where elections were cancelled. In this case, for anybody to say that his victory was upheld by the tribunal in Kaduna State was wrong and misleading.
“It is very unfortunate that Governor Uba Sani said that the tribunal upheld his election victory. This is unexpected of him, being a leader, especially of his status in a state like Kaduna that is the Headquarters of the north.
“With the verdict of the tribunal, I know, we have won the race. We earlier approached the tribunal with the view to reclaiming the mandate and fortunately enough, the tribunal nullified the gubernatorial election that took place this year.
“I thank the good people of Kaduna State for their patience and commitment towards reclaiming their mandate. I have taken it upon myself with the leadership of the party and other key stakeholders in the state to see that we recover this stolen mandate.”