Rverberating from the recent loss of her appeal at the Supreme Court to the incumbent Governor of Taraba state, Darius Dickson Ishaku, the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship candidate in the State, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, has come out to state that she would not congratulate the governor.
Alhassan, popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’ averred that only “true and deserving winners” will get her congratulations, not her political rival, Ishaku.
Mama Taraba, who is currently the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, had high hopes of being the first female to be democratically elected governor in Nigeria dashed by the Supreme Court’s ruling which favoured DDI.
In a statement issued, on Friday, February 19, the Minister stated that: “I have heard that some people have said that I will not continue as a politician and that I am worried.”
“Why should I be worried? If President Buhari contested 3 times and became the President after the 4th contest. Not because he lost the first three, but because the fourth time was God’s time.”
“Why wouldn’t I continue? I didn’t get it this time because it is not God’s time, because everybody knows I won the election, even PDP people in Taraba State. PDP people know I won the election because they know the manipulation they did in the government lodge Wukari, where they added over 50, 000 votes for Darius.”
“They also know they manipulation they did in Donga and Kurmi LGA’s where they manipulated and also added about 50, 000 votes together for Darius. Therefore, I am not angry with anybody, instead I thank God for giving me good health and strength to contests and win the over 270,000 votes I got in the election. Clean real votes, not manipulated like the PDP votes.”
“I say all this without fear of contradiction because PDP people know this. So we will all watch as this government which has little or no understanding of the plight and needs of the people of Taraba, let alone know solutions for them.”
“I don’t know why people worry about me not congratulating Darius. I did not because you only congratulate true and deserving winners. He knows that he did not win. Therefore, he is not deserving of my congratulations.”
“Once again I seize this opportunity to thank my supporters and urge them to remain steadfast and continue believing in God and start getting ready for the next round. I pray God grants us all long life and good health to fight next round.”