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Tribunal Will Restore PDP Mandate — Tambuwal

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has said the presidential election tribunal will restore the mandate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as President of Nigeria.

Tambuwal, Atiku, and other prominent members of the PDP recently attended a reception and send-forth organized by the forum for incoming governors and outgoing state chief executives.

Atiku expressed confidence that the party would recover its mandate, as he believed they did not lose the February 25 presidential election.

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Meanwhile, Ambassador Iliya Damagun, the acting national chairman of PDP, advised the judiciary to handle the presidential election petitions challenging the declaration of the APC candidate and president-elect, Bola Tinubu, with care, as the judiciary’s actions will determine the growth of democracy in Nigeria.

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo also spoke at the event, calling for unity among PDP members in the states.

Sambo expressed concern over the rate of crises in the party and the suspension of members, stating that it was alarming.

Tambuwal who was also the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum said:

We have the confidence that at the end of the day, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will be restored as the constitutionally elected president. From what is on ground, we are confident that the mandate will be restored. We see him as the incoming president.”

In his brief remarks, Atiku said:

We want to refocus our party for the task ahead. I want to assure you that our party did not lose the presidential election. Let’s stay determined to retrieve our mandate in the last presidential election.

“We have a lot of challenges. We used to have the PDP as the dominant party in Nigeria, but we have been receding and we must ensure that we remain united and regain our past glories. We should ask ourselves why we are in the present situation and find ways to retrieve our past glories. But before them, we must stay focused.”

The acting national chairman of PDP stated that the judiciary remained the last hope of the common man.

He said:

The actions of the judiciary will determine the growth of democracy in this country. The only solution by the judiciary is to ensure that Nigerians have a just adjudication in all issues before them.”

Commenting on the crisis in the party, Damagun said:

We in the NWC pledge to solve our internal crisis. There would be no cause for alarm.”

He commended the outgoing PDP governors for their support of the party.

He called on the incoming governors to emulate their predecessors in both their moral and financial support to the party.

Earlier, Sambo, who was the chairman of the occasion, tasked the PDP with unity, citing the crisis in the party in Kaduna State. He appealed to the leadership of the PDP to intervene, as

The suspension of members left, right and centre is not good for growth and development of the party in Kaduna and other state chapters.”

The keynote lecture was delivered by Professor Muda Yusuf, and it was on the topic, “Good Governance at the subnational level: Issues, Perspective, Expectations, and Outcomes.”

Yusuf said the country’s debt has risen from N12.6 trillion in 2015 to over 80 trillion in 2023. He likened it to the economic crisis that plagued Uganda during the reign of Idi Amin.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who also spoke at the event attributed the mismanagement of the economy to the federal government.

Obaseki recounted an incident where he voiced his concerns about the economy, only to be accused of playing politics by members of the opposition party.

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