From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
A front-line politician and a runner up in the September 3, 2019 PDP gubernatorial primary in Kogi state, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris has expressed the confidence that he will win in court to reclaim his victory that was robbed during the party’s primary election.
Abubakar Ibrahim Idris gave the assurance at a burial service for late Vice Chairman PDP (West) Barrister Michael Kola Ojo at Okoro Gbede in Ijumu LGA of Kogi State.
Abubakar who is also the first son of the former governor of the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and an aspirant of the PDP in the last governorship primary of the party said he was in court to seek for right things to be done.
Idris whose court ruling comes up on March 6 , 2020 at the High Court in Lokoja said he is optimistic of carrying the day from the party’s standard bearer Engineer Musa Wada whom he claimed used violence to snatch victory in the September 3,2019 primary election.
The front line politician described the Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa Governorship election as fair and just stressing that it will serve as a panacea for election violence and fraud in the nation’s body politics.
He noted that the forthrightness of judges to deliver landmark judgement as exemplified by the Bayelsa election ruling is the panacea for those who would use violence and all sort of manipulations to win election.
He added that if the riggers knows that he or she will meet a fearless and upright judges that will sack them from benefiting from their atrocities, they will ordinarily subject themselves to the will of the people through ballot.
According to him, what happened in Bayelsa recently is a warning for the election manipulators that their ills will be exposed and would try to do the right things, stressing that if the Judiciary remained committed to their calling , the electoral process will become saner and up for the people to decide on those to govern them.
“ About the march ruling, I’m confident of winning, if the right things are done. We have pointed out the inadequacies of that primary and it is only right for the right things to be done.
“ Those things that happened during the primary were not good for our democracy and for me it is about getting justice for the evil done to the people of the state , and am very sure that the Judiciary who demonstrated courage in the Bayelsa judgement will do the same in Kogi and then I will win.He opined
He pointed out that there was so many rooms that were opened in the course of the litigation that would have made him to back out , but stressed that the Court owed the people the trust to do the right things in this matter.
He assured his supporters of his commitment to the PDP no matter the rough edges he will not defect , but rather remain with the party to correct the wrongs.
Meanwhile , he called on the Judiciary to uphold the principles of fairness , forthrightness and courage in the discharge of their duties as the society is counting on them to help stabilise the nascent democracy.
It would be recalled that the gubernatorial primary was marred with violence which the eventual winner, Engineer Musa Wada scored 748 votes while Alhaji Abubakar Idris, who came second in the contest pulled 710 votes. He is praying the court to declare him the winner of the primary.