I won’t use state resources to appeal tribunal verdict, says Gov Sule
Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule said he would not use one kobo of the state to challenge the tribunal verdict at the Court of Appeal, noting that he would fund his legal team from his personal resources.
The governor made this clarification through his Senior Special Assistant on public affairs, Peter Ahemba in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, October 5, in Lafia.
The statement read: “The attention of His Excellency, Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, has been drawn to a media publication credited to a group operating under the umbrella of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), calling for his probe”
“In the ill-motivated publication, the group urged the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations that the Governor might be utilising state funds to support his legal battle following the recent erroneous judgement by two members of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal against him”
“His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule calls on the public to consider this allegation as another distractive strategy coming from an obviously partisan group working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party”“It is on record that the administration of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has remained consistent in the promotion of transparency and accountability in governance, especially the management of State’s meager resources since assumption of office in 2019 and cannot use a penny belonging to the State to pursue his matter at the Appeal Court or any personal cause”
“The State Government hereby assures all individuals and groups, (including HURIWA) who are working to hijack the mandate freely given to Governor Sule in the March 18th governorship election by the people of the State that they will not succeed by the grace of God”
“For the avoidance of doubt, His Excellency has since directed his legal team to appeal the erroneous ruling of two members of the 3-man panel of the Tribunal and shall do everything within the confines of the law to ensure that the mandate given to him remains in place till 2027”
“We wish to reiterate the call on the good people of Nasarawa State to remain calm and peaceful in their conduct, no matter the provocation from members of the opposition party in the State.”