Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on their victories at the Supreme Court on Friday.
He said that the position of the judiciary further affirms the fact that indeed, the judiciary is the last hope not only for the common man, but for all men, and the real bastion of equity and good governance in any society.
In a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, the Waziri Adamawa stated that it was clear to all men of goodwill and discerning Nigerians that the charges for which the Senate President was serially arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), would not stand rigorous judicial examination but was more of politics.
He commended the Supreme Court jurists for the unanimity of their judgement.
“I believe that this judgement has given hope to Nigerians in their quest in seeking redress on grounds that the judiciary will always be fair and firm.
I am a firm believer in the rule of law and I will never forget the role the judiciary played in emboldening me to continue with my efforts to provide good and quality leadership for Nigeria and Nigerians. The multiple suits on corruption which I won in my days of trial as Vice President will never be forgotten in a hurry. It was an independent, firm and fair judiciary that made it all possible”, Atiku said.
According to him, this sweet victory is not only for Saraki but for the Senate and the entire National Assembly which has been facing challenges of legitimacy and intimidation arising from a not too cordial relationship with the executive arm of government.
In the case of Ugwuanyi, the PDP presidential aspirant said the court’s affirmation of the legitimacy of his election “shows that he is indeed the true choice of the people of Enugu State”.
Atiku noted that all through the case lasted in the Courts, the Governor was not distracted but continued to passionately execute people-oriented projects in the State which has significantly improved the lives of the people of the State.
He charged him to continue on the tradition of excellence for the good of the people of Enugu State, and the PDP, in whom the people have for many years invested their political future.
Atiku urged both Senate President Saraki and Governor Ugwuanyi to continue to serve the people of Nigeria honestly as they have been doing in their various capacities bearing in mind that Truth is Constant and Justice, no matter how long, ultimately would be served.
The former Vice President praised the Judiciary for standing up to the truth and not leaving justice to the whims and caprices of those in power. He said further that by its courageous and principled stance, the Judiciary has further enhanced it place, role and relevance in consolidating the nation’s democracy.