By Benjamin Arida://
Senate Minority Leader and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP senatorial candidate in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT for the 2023 National Assembly election, Senator Philip Aduda on Thursday vowed to challenge the result of the election which produced the winner, Ireti Kingibe of the Labour Party, LP in court.
Speaking to journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja, he explained that his plan of litigating against result of the election arose from the fact that result was announced when collations at the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, were yet to be completed and even with utter disregard to results cancelled in other polling units across the 62 wards in the six Area Councils.
He said: “The election as guided by the extant laws used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, supposed to have been declared inconclusive.
“Pointedly in substantial numbers of the polling units, there were over voting which led to cancellation of results that supposed to have been revisited by INEC through rescheduled election but from nowhere, we had that results were declared. We are going to challenge it.”
On capacity and service delivery to FCT residents over the years, Senator Aduda said: “Within my twelve years in the Senate and eight years in the House of Representatives, a lot of development-driven projects have been facilitated by me across the 62 wards and six Area Councils, many of which are still ongoing.”
“I believe it is the person declared as winner of the election that has no capacity because if she has the capacity common Google will show her what I have done.
‘It will show you that I led a protest to this place. On the floor of the Senate I had to discuss about this issue of Naira redesign and other motions on issues of urgent national importance.
“We have a road we are constructing in Kubwa, Over N1billion, another one in Nyanya, over N1billion, we have the ones we are doing in Bwari, if I don’t have the capacity and can not represent the people I don’t think I can attract those projects to the various communities or Area Councils. I am not talking of Gwagwalada or Kwali or Kuje, I am only talking about the urban center, the environment here.
“These are aside very important bills sponsored by me, passed by the National Assembly and assented to, by President Muhammadu Buhari like the one on the Federal College of Education Zuba that has been there for over 17 years without graduation until we passed that bill.
Other bills are the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils (Administration & Political Structure) Bill, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Bill, Federal Capital Territory University of Science & Technology Abaji, Bill, Federal Capital Territory Hospital Management Board Bill, Federal Capital Territory water Board Bill, Federal Capital Territory Transport Authority Bill, FCT Civil Service Commission Bill, Federal Capital Territory College of Nursing and Midwifery bill, FCT Health Insurance agency Bill etc.
The lawmaker added that he put on ground infrastructure in various areas like provisions of classrooms, primary health care centers, provision of portable water, provision of rural electrification, construction of roads across the area councils in the FCT, small & medium scale empowerment programmes and Provision of student bursary to over 3,000 beneficiaries drawn across the 62 electoral wards of the six Area Councils.