By Festus Fifen.
The Peoples Democratic Party Candidate for the march 11 Gubernatorial Election in Taraba state Lt. Col. Agbu Kefas Rtd., says if elected, he will bring his military background and experience to bear in the protection of lives and properties in the state emphasising that no state can excel without the security of its citizens
Speaking at the State Dinner held in his honour in Jalingo the Taraba state capital by the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party PDP to welcome him back to the state after his victory at the Supreme Court where he was declared as the authentic candidate of the PDP in the March 11 2023 polls by the Apex court
Lt Col Kefas says the uniqueness of the Family system in Taraba state where almost every family has those practicing different religious beliefs will help him to work assiduously to ensure religious and ethnic tolerance and harmony in the state if elected governor.
In his words,” my work here tonight is very simple, I have come to thank you all for your support, I can assure you that I will bring my experience in the military to bare if elected,. Today is not the day to speak too much, but I can assure you that we will speak when we return after our electoral victory, I can assure you that I will build on the foundation that has been laid by the present administration, we are one Family and ibwontnlet you down, let us all go out and convince the people to vote the PDP at all levels of this next elections then we will come back to celebrate properly.”.
In his remark, the state Governor Arc. Darius Ishaku who is also the leader of the party in the state said the recent victory of Lt. Col. Agbu Kefas Rtd at the supreme Court is a sign that God supports the project, emphasising that the victory is dedicated to the people of the state who have over the years since the return of democracy in 1999 supported the PDP as a party.
Represented by the Deputy Governor of the state Hon. Haruna Manu, the governor said ” it is God that made this victory possible, Taraba is a PDP state and it will continue to remain so,
” It’s not yet Uhuru for us, it’s not time to rest, it is time to go out there to the grassroots to make sure that we canvass for votes for all our candidates across the state
” we need to win convincingly with a wide margin that even the opposition will find it hard to go to the tribunal to contest the results”
He therefore used the medium to charge grassroots mobilizers to do more so as to ensure that all PDP candidates are elected.
Speaking earlier the chairman of the party in Taraba state in his opening remark said the reception was very key to the party as he use the medium to thank all those that are supporters of the party from the Unit level through the wards, local governments and the state as a whole.
In his words, “Taraba is a PDP state and PDP is Taraba, we called all of you to come eat, drink, make Merry so that you will have the needed morale to work and mobilise votes and support for our election victory and the Polls”
The Taraba State ALGON Chairman Hon. Bala Bako who spoke on behalf of the other Local government caretaker committee chairmen said that at the Units, Wards and Local government level, the chairmen have agreed and are ready and willing to mobilize the People to vote the PDP candidates across all electable Positions in the State. He used the medium to assure Hon. Agbu Kefas of their support and dedication to his electoral victory at the next elections
It will be recalled that The Supreme Court, on Friday 3rd February 2023, upheld the nomination of Agbu Kefas as the candidate of the (PDP) for the 11 March governorship election in Taraba State.
An aggrieved PDP governorship aspirant, Jerome Nyameh, a professor, had urged the court to nullify Mr Agbu’s nomination for the poll on account of an alleged violation of the Electoral Act and the Constitution.
But the court, while delivering judgement in the appeal, held that Mr Nyameh failed to explore the internal mechanisms of resolving primary election disputes before lodging the suit.
A member of the five-man panel of the Supreme Court, Emmanuel Agim, who read the unanimous decision, said the appellant (Mr Nyameh) did not join other aspirants that participated in the primary poll as defendants as statutorily required.
He dismissed two appeals on the subject matter.
The court held that the appellants acted in breach of Sections 84 and 87(9) of the Electoral Act by failing to make use of the primary election dispute mechanism as contained in the party’s guidelines.
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