Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin, has asserted that Governor Sule Abdullahi of Nasarawa State is well aware that he did not legitimately win the gubernatorial election that took place on March 18, 2023.
The recent verdict from the Nasarawa governorship election petition tribunal resulted in the removal of Governor Abdullahi from office and declared the PDP candidate, David Ombugadu, as the rightful governor-elect.
Jibrin made these remarks during a press conference held in Abuja on Friday, emphasizing that Governor Sule’s attempts to attribute a religious motive to the tribunal’s judgment are baseless and erroneous.
He argued that both the people of Nasarawa State and the entire nation are cognizant of the fact that Sule’s election victory was questionable, and therefore, he should not retain the position of governor against the will of the people and the law.
Jibrin firmly conveyed that the attempt to introduce religious division into the realm of the judiciary threatens the integrity of the only institution that remains the ultimate refuge for ordinary citizens.
He expressed astonishment that, rather than acknowledging the tribunal’s widely anticipated decision, Governor Sule had opted to invoke religious considerations as a justification for remaining in office, contrary to the genuine winner of the March 18, 2023, gubernatorial election in Nasarawa State, Dr. David Ombugadu, who hails from the PDP.
Jibrin, a devout Muslim and an elder over the age of 70, expressed dismay at Sule’s effort to attribute his electoral defeat to religious factors, rather than acknowledging the substantial evidence that indisputably proves his electoral loss to the people and to the nation.
He cautioned the public to be vigilant about the injection of religious politics into the national discourse, as it possesses the potential to undermine the unity of the country.
Jibrin observed that Nasarawa State comprises nearly equal proportions of Muslims and Christians, highlighting that Ombugadu would be the first Christian to lead the state since its establishment in 1996.
He regarded this as a promising opportunity to unite the state in pursuit of peace, effective governance, and democracy.