Tribunal Victory: Senator Nwaka Congratulates Otti, Says Verdict Reflects People’s Will
Urges Governor's Opponents to Sheathe Swords
As variant reactions trail the judgment of the Abia Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which went in favour of the Abia governor, Dr Alex Otti, Senator Emma Nwaka has expressed happiness over the outcome.
In a statement he issued shortly after the verdict affirming Otti’s mandate was passed by the Tribunal, Nwaka noted that the people’s will as expressed at the ballot box six months ago has prevailed.
“The judgment delivered today(Friday, October 6) in favour of Dr. Alex Otti of the Labour Party in the governorship tussle strikes me as a true reflection of the wishes of Ndi Abia as expressed through their ballots,” he said.
He congratulated Otti on his “well deserved victory” and urged him “to be magnanimous in his governance approach”.
The three-man Tribunal headed by Justice H.T.D Gwadah had in their two unanimous judgments dismissed the petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Both parties along with the governorship candidates in the 2023 poll had challenged Otti’s victory in the March 18, 2023 poll and asked the Tribunal to nullify it.
But the Tribunal rejected the pleas, dismissed the petitions for lack of merit and held that Otti was duly elected to preside over the affairs of Abia under the Labour Party government.
Nwaka, who is a former Abia PDP chairman, equally felicitated those that lost at the Tribunal “for their gallant efforts” in the legal battle for political control of Abia .
However, he appealed to Otti’s opponents to stop fighting him and sheathe their swords at this point in their political duel with the governor.
The former Abia North Senator called on Abia politicians in rival parties to join hands with Governor Otti “to lift Abia State, God’s own state from the quagmire of underdevelopment”.