The All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate for Ilorin South Constituency in Kwara state, Hajia Maryam Yusuf Aladi, has described the recent Court of Appeal judgement which reaffirmed her candidature as victory for all and progress for people of her constituency.
Aladi said this while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the Ilorin Division of the Court of Appeal ruled in her favour Friday.
The aspiring lawmaker is one of the five women that emerged as the APC state assembly candidates during the party’s primaries, having defeated Hon A. Shina.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Shine headed for the Federal High Court Ilorin where he lost the legal battle to Aladi, a decision that was upheld by the appellate court Friday.
Speaking to journalists in Ilorin, Kwara state after the judgement, Aladi said: “As a party, our APC is one and it is indivisible. This is one family and we all are conscious of this and working towards a common goal. It is not victory for me, but for the progress of our constituency and rule of law. I am ready and willing to work with everyone to bring progress to Ilorin South.”
While commending the judiciary for upholding fairness and standing for truth, she said: “Our judiciary has again demonstrated that it remains the last hope of the common man. Even though the Court of Appeal has given its judgement in our favour, I do not see this as victory for me in any way because there is no winner, no loser. Again, I repeat we are all one big family and I urge everyone to come together to deliver victory for our party across all levels.”
Aladi further charged party faithful to work together and ensure a 100% victory for the APC at the polls come February 25 and March 11 respectively.
Among other supports to the vulnerable, the aspiring legislator had empowered some 600 widows whom she assured of using the instrumentality of legislation to improve their wellbeing.
Speaking at the third edition of the empowerment for widows recently, the APC candidate had said: “We are going to give them special status in the scheme of things if elected. Now our foundation is distributing different food items with cash for the over 600 beneficiaries who have lost their husbands and businesses and lack funds pick up the pieces.
“I feel it’s my responsibility as a candidate of Ilorin South to put smiles on their faces. But to be honest, it has really been tough for widows out there worsened by the global economic challenges.”