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Abia Guber: I’ve Recovered My Stolen Mandate –Otti

Posted: Jan 2, 2016 at 10:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Says his Abia dream never wavered

*Ikpeazu fights back, heads for Supreme Court

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last governorship election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has reiterated his readiness to assume the mantle of leadership in the state, while noting that he never wavered in his pursuit to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the people of the state.

Otti, who was reacting to the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which affirmed him as the winner of the April 11, 2015 polls, said he had been confident of victory all along.

The appeal court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, had on Thursday declared Otti the winner of the governorship election in the state. Speaking via a statement issued after the judgment on Thursday, Otti said: “I am sure that many of you have heard the good news from the Appeal Tribunal that we have finally recovered the mandate of the people, which was brazenly and shamelessly stolen from you a few months ago.

“This is one good news that travels fast as in the past few hours I have been inundated with calls, text messages and personal visits from many of you. All well-meaning people are rejoicing and there is joy in the land.

Praise be to God. “It is said that the windmill of justice may grind slowly but it surely does grind. After more than seven months of tortuous and needless legal tussle, the will of the people has triumphed. “Today’s ruling is the triumph of the abiding will of the people against the principalities of thuggery barefaced robbery and highhanded impunity. It is victory of the silent majority over a noisy, unjust and parochial minority.

My fellow Abians, it is your victory. “All through this period my faith in the nation’s justice system never wavered and I am glad that today’s judgment has justified our steadfast belief in the efficacy of the system. In the face of clear injustice, you kept faith in the system and refrained from self-help, even in the face of extreme provocation, denial and injustice. I salute your high sense of civic responsibility.

“For all well-meaning citizens of Abia and lovers of progress across Nigeria, the New Year has come a day earlier. On this great day of liberation of the good people of Abia from the bonds of mediocrity and self-centered oligarchy, let us savour the moment that restores our trust in our nation’s judiciary and our undying faith in our heavenly father, whose hand has been guiding this struggle for the return of our beloved state to greatness.

“You must recall that Abia until the emergence of incompetent and insensitive ‘lootocracy,’ was the commercial powerhouse of West Africa. It was an industrial centre where multinationals and indigenous entrepreneurs held sway. It was the area that produced such great men as Michael Okpara, Dick Tiger, Jaja Wachuku, Alvan Ikoku, Nnanna Kalu, OC Ememe and so on. Today, it is a shadow of its former self.

Our mission is to restore our beloved state to greatness. In his own statement, which was also issued after the ruling on Thursday, Ikpeazu noted that reports available to him indicate that, “the premise upon which the decision of the Court of Appeal was arrived at is at best tenuous.”

While expressing confidence in the “ability of the Justices of the Supreme Court to correct the anomaly at the Court of Appeal,” Ikpeazu said he expects the highest court in the land to give him victory as “earlier done by the Election Petition Tribunal” sitting in Umuahia.