SDP Candidate Murtala Ajaka Vows to Continue Legal Battle After Tribunal Verdict

In the wake of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s verdict affirming Usman Ododo as the governor, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Murtala Ajaka, has expressed his determination to continue the legal battle. Despite the tribunal’s dismissal of his petition, Ajaka remains optimistic about ultimately proving his case.

The tribunal, led by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, ruled that Ajaka and the SDP failed to substantiate their allegations against Ododo. The court concluded that the election had been conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act. However, Ajaka has declared that this decision is merely a setback, not the end of his quest for justice.

In a statement released on Monday following the tribunal’s ruling, Ajaka articulated his resolve to pursue the matter further. He emphasized that while the tribunal’s decision is disappointing, it does not mark the end of his journey towards justice and democratic integrity.

“Today, I come before you with a heavy heart, but also with a fire of optimism burning in my soul,” Ajaka stated. “This is not the end of our journey. This is just a chapter in our fight for justice, truth, the rights of our people, and freedom.”

Ajaka praised his legal team for their diligent efforts in presenting evidence of alleged overvoting during the election. He expressed confidence that their work will ultimately be vindicated as the legal process continues.

“Our lawyers did not fail us. We are very optimistic that they will be vindicated by the end of the petition. I can assure you that this judgment will not stand the test of time,” Ajaka asserted.

He reassured his supporters that the struggle for their “stolen mandate” will persist, emphasizing the broader goals of justice and societal betterment that underpin his campaign.

“It is in times like these that our resilience is tested. We must remember why we embarked on this political journey in the first place,” he said. “Our fight is not just about winning an election; it is about standing up for what is right, for what is just, and for what we believe in.”

Ajaka called on his supporters to remain united and resolute, encouraging them to look beyond the tribunal’s decision and stay focused on their ultimate goal of achieving a fair and just society.

“We will not be deterred by temporary setbacks, because our spirit is unbreakable,” he declared. “Let us not lose hope, let us not lose faith, and let us not lose sight of the ultimate goal.”

In concluding his statement, Ajaka emphasized the historical significance of their struggle and the collective power of their movement.

“We are the authors of our own destiny, and we have the power to shape the future. Let our determination be our guiding light, and let our relentless pursuit of justice be the fuel that propels us forward,” he urged.

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