Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, on Friday said that the Supreme Court’s verdict has strengthened his commitment to deliver good governance to the people of the state.
The governor made the pledge in his speech made available to journalist in Abuja, while reacting to his victory over the application for the review of the apex court’s earlier judgment on the state governorship election.
Matawalle congratulated the people of Zamfara for his victory and dedicated it to them and all those who wished progress for the state.
The governor said he was surprised that some people still resorted to court litigations in spite of his pledge to run an all-inclusive administration during his inaugural address of May 29, 2019.
“Today, Allah, in His infinite wisdom, has granted us yet another resounding victory.
“The Supreme Court has again lived to its good reputation by giving a historic verdict that finally put to rest the quest by these fair-weather politicians to return our dear state back to the dark years of the past.
“I dedicate this victory to the good people of Zamfara State who prayed day and night for this victory and all the victories we have had.
“This victory is therefore for all true sons and daughters of Zamfara State who desire its progress.
“Today’s verdict has indeed strengthened our resolve and commitment to deliver good governance to our people.
“We shall continue with our current efforts of securing Zamfara State and transforming it in all facets of human life.”
Matawalle appealed to the people to remain calm and not to resort to any act inimical to peace and tranquility of the State.
“Conversely, we should all thank Almighty Allah for this victory by rededicating ourselves to obedience to His injunctions at all times.
“It is now time we faced the various issues of development of our state with a greater vigour.
“It is not a time for settling political scores but for renewal of determination to do right to all manner of people of our dear state.
Matawalle called on people of the state to remain focused and consistent in prayers for the greater development of our state, as they did throughout the period of the appeal of the review of the May 25, 2019 judgment of the court.
“To the Supreme Court judges and the judiciary as a whole, I bow my hat to you for being the champions and guardians of our democracy.
“Your doggedness in ensuring justice and fair play has succeeded in putting to shame many of the Nigeria’s enemies of democracy and good governance.
The governor expressed hope that the judgement would be the beginning of greater things to come to Zamfara State.
Matawalle, who said the essence of politics, was to serve the people, called on the opposition to shun political bitterness and join hands with his government to move the State forward.
“As we open a new chapter in our journey to move Zamfara State forward, we shall maintain zero tolerance to all acts of mischief capable of derailing our administration from its mission.
“All acts or statements capable of sabotaging our peace and security efforts would not be condoned.”
Matawalle also urged the people of the state to remain law abiding and support the government on its efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
“We have taken all the steps we have taken in the interest of all of us.
“As I mentioned in my previous broadcasts, Coronavirus pandemic is threatening the very existence of humanity and all hands must be on deck to check its spread.”