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Ogah accepts S’Court verdict, congratulates Ikpeazu

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Ade Adesomoju and Ogbonnaya Ikokwu

Abia State governorship aspirant, Uchechukwu Ogah, whose pre-election suit to become governor was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday, has congratulated his opponent, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Ikpeazu’s victory at the governorship poll was affirmed by the apex court’s verdict on Friday.

A five-man bench of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, had on Friday unanimously affirmed Ikpeazu’s election after dismissing Ogah’s appeal for lacking in substance.

But Ogah, in a statement issued by his aides on Saturday, said he had accepted the Supreme Court’s verdict.  He urged all the people of the state to support Ikpeazu as governor of the state.

The statement read, “On  May 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Nigeria gave its final verdict on my case against Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State. Even though a painful verdict, as someone who believes in the rule of law and the judiciary, I have accepted the decision of the apex court in good faith.

“As the legal battle comes to an end with the Supreme Court’s declaration, I’m exceedingly happy today that in the course of this struggle, I never resorted to self-help nor encouraged my supporters to indulge in any form of violence either in my state or elsewhere. I urge all Abia indigenes to join hands in supporting the governor in order to move our dear state forward.”

Also reacting to the judgment, the immediate past Governor of Abia State and senator representing Abia Central, Theodore Orji, urged Ikpeazu to be magnanimous in victory, irrespective of the campaign of calumny he suffered from the opposition.

 In his congratulatory message to Ikpeazu on Friday signed by his media adviser, Norman Obinna, Orji said those who sought redress in the court of law in a case of perceived “injustice” did nothing wrong as it is their inalienable right to do so.

 He urged the opposition and other aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party to take the judgment of the Supreme Court in good faith and support Ikpeazu in his plans to transform the state.

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