A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Abia state, Chief Ohiri O Lewis has congratulated the reelected governor of Abia state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.
He also advised the gubernatorial candidates of APGA, Dr Alex Otti and that of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Abia state, Chief Uche Ogah to accept the result of last Saturday’s election and call to congratulate the winner, Governor Ikpeazu.
The APGA chieftain said this in a press statement he personally signed and made available to journalists. He advised the duo of Otti and Ikpeazu to put Abia first and support Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in order not to distract him with litigation over the just concluded election.
He argued that power only comes from God and only Him gives power to whomsoever He wills and “going to court to challenge the outcome of the election would only be a distraction to the governor who we must all support to move our state forward.”
“APGA and APC ran a good race. They did their best. However, in an election like in any other contest, there must be a winner and only one person can be governor of the state at a time.
“That it didn’t favour someone today, does not mean that it won’t favour the person tomorrow. The history of elections all over the world is replete with those who fail in many election cycles but still went on to win the ultimate election.
“For every Abian now, all hands must be on deck to give maximum support to our governor to continue from where he stopped in his first term and to continue to lead the state right.
“My advice to Dr Otti and Chief Ogah is to perish the idea of challenging the election in court and use whatever resources that would have been expended fighting a futile judiciary war to start building ahead of the next cycle of elections in four years time. By so doing, they will endear themselves in the hearts of Abians and who says the next election won’t be in their favour.”