Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has again appealed for calm after the Court of Appeal reserved judgment in his suit challenging the majority decision of the governorship election petition tribunal upturning his election.
Addressing a tumultuous crowd that besieged the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja in show of solidarity and support, on Wednesday, Governor Sule appealed to his supporters to remain calm, orderly and peaceful as they go about their activities.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is doing everything possible to retrieve its mandate given to the party by the people of the state.
He said that even though the appellate court has reserved judgement on the suit, the people have every right to celebrate because of the unity of purpose in the party as demonstrated by the presence of former governors Senators Abdullahi Adamu and Umaru Tanko Al-makura during the court sitting.
Governor Sule particularly urged his supporters not to join issues on the matter but to remain patient, calm.
He further urged them not to respond to innuendo from the opposition.
He used the opportunity of the solidarity visit to also urge drivers conveying the supports back home to shun reckless driving while wishing them journey mercy back to their various destinations.
Earlier, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division reserved judgment in the appeal brought by Governor Sule against the majority decision by the tribunal nullifying his election, in favour of David Ombugadu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The three-member panel of justices headed by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam told parties involved that the date for judgment will be communicated.
During the court proceedings, counsel to Governor Sule, Wole Olanipekun SAN, who filed five processes to challenge the appeal, urged the court to dismiss the judgment of the tribunal and allow the appeal of his client.
Olanipekun argued that the tribunal refused to take the submissions of their witnesses during the tribunal hearing and that data from the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) tendered to the tribunal, were merely dumped without being considered as evidence.