From GYANG PAM, Yola
Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Umaru Fintiri has described the courts are the last hope of the common man.
He disclosed this recently shortly after the elections petition tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP) for what it says lacked merit.
Justice A.A. Adebara who led the three man panel equally ordered the APP to pay costs to both the Governor and his deputy Chief Crowther Seth and the PDP (both Respondents N300, 000 each
The tribunal equally ordered the APP to pay N100, 000 to INEC which is the fourth respondent.
According to the Judge, it was trite for the APP to file the suit against the victory of Fintiri due to the fact that it did not follow stipulations of the electoral act which mandated parties to write to the INEC for any change of its candidates.
Justice Adebara said when the APP candidate Rukaiya Audu decided to withdraw its candidate from the race, INEC was not duly informed as stipulated by the electoral act through a written address and so the electoral body was right not to recognize the party in the race.
Fintiri to newsmen “I give gratitude to God since he gives power to whom he so wish to”, stressing that the decision of the court was in tandem with the wishes and aspirations of Adamawa people who voted overwhelmingly for him.
“This signals the fact that the election which brought me to power was free and fair”, he said.
He noted that he is determine to bequeath a long lasting legacy in Adamawa which made him ran an open and an all inclusive government adding that his doors are open to embrace all stakeholders in building a virile economy without recourse to political inclination.
“My government has started providing good governance, economic stability and human development and I call on all stakeholders to join me in building Adamawa State as that is my dream”, he pointed out.
Fintiri concluded that everybody knows Adamawa is a PDP State which has been the direction of Adamawa people and we came together to put good governance for our state both at the Federal and State levels