It was all calm in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital Thursday following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which upheld the election of Governor Darius Ishaku in April.
There was no celebration of sort, no hooting, no street dancing. In the city, where the APC candidate, Senator Aisha Alhassan is very popular, people simply went about their business, as if nothing had happened.
The opposite was the reaction in Takum, in Governor Ishaku’s hometown.
There and in other towns such as Chanchanji, Wukari and Zing, supporters took to the streets in celebration.
Reacting to the judgment, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Rebecca Manasseh, described it as victory for democracy and a new dawn for the people of Taraba.
Manasseh commended President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the judgment and called on the people of the state not to over celebrate, but remain calm and law abiding.
Also a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Bello in his reaction, congratulated the governor and the judiciary for coming of age.
Bello, who described the judgment as “victory for common sense”, called on the people of the state to support Ishaku to fulfill his campaign promises.