Hundreds of thousands of supporters welcome Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, to celebrate his victory at the election Tribunal judgement, after defeating the candidate of the People's Democratic Party's Abba Kabir Yusuf, who challenged governor's victory at the gubernatorial poll.
Ganduje was away for about two weeks, when the judgement was passed in his favour by the election Tribunal few days back. He was at the United States of America, as he attended special session at the United Nations Assembly, with other Nigerian governors.
When he came back from UN Assembly he proceeded to South Africa with President Muhammadu Buhari on another official state visit.
It took him over five hours from Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) to Government House, when he was welcomed by a mammoth crowd, welcoming him from Kofar Ruwa area through Gwammaja down to Goron Dutse.
From Goron Dutse to Tal'udu then Mandawari area through Kano Emir's Palace down to State Road and the rally terminates at Government House roundabout, when governor addressed supporters and thanked them for the display of solidarity and commitment to the development of the state.
In his address he emphatically mentioned that his emerging as victorious at the Tribunal was not victory for him or his Deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna alone, "It is a victory for humanity, democracy and progressives. And I am determined to work assiduously for the overall development of the state," he said.
After thanking people for electing him during the 2019 gubernatorial election, that was contested by the PDP at the Tribunal, he also thanked all for their prayers and show of solidarity during the court case.
Ganduje said "I thank Kano people for their resolve to stand by me and my party, to elect me and my Deputy Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna for the second term in the last general election of 2019. This shows how satisfied you are with our style of leadership."
He maintained that, when electorate elected him for the second time, that victory was certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and was re-certified by the Election Tribunal when the victory was challenged by the opposition PDP in the Tribunal.
"We were extremely happy when the opposition challenged our victory in the Tribunal. Do you know why? They helped in the re-announcement of our victory, by the Tribunal this time around. This is a good omen for our democracy," he stated.
Challenging election results, according to him, is allowed in democracy, "...it even adds aroma to democracy and democratic development. They have every right to go to Tribunal. But what happened at the end of it all? he asked rhetorically.
"At the Tribunal, all issues raised by them were discussed, debated upon, analysed by legal luminaries and finally trashed away. For the simple reason that all their issued were baseless, not focused and haphazardly arranged," he dismisses them.
Ganduje used the opportunity to remind people about his recent free and compulsory primary and secondary education, explaining that, education is the bedrock of any development, "...so we must all put hands together and face it squarely."
"As far as we are concerned, we are zero-tolerant to Out-Of-School children. This is a task that must be done. We also have special treatment for people with special needs. My government loves all of you irrespective of your ethnic or religious inclination," assured the governor.
Earlier, the state chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Prince Abdullahi Abbas, said "This is my most joyful day in my history in politics. We are here with our supporters telling Nigerians, including our opposition, that Kano people elected Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as our governor for the second term. And here we are, when Tribunal re-certifies the victory to us, the APC, with Governor at the helm of affairs."
Abbas encouraged supporters that even at the Court of Appeal, the same judgement passed by the Tribunal would be maintained, even if it would take them to Supreme Court "...we are sure of beating them hands down. Because the mandate was given to us genuinely and democratically by the electorate," he insisted.
"Today is historic. Just look at the time we took from the airport to Government House, over 6 hours. A distance of not more than 40 minutes. What this signifies is, the unrelenting support we have from our people. Ours is indeed people-oriented administration," he encouraged.