Appeal Court Verdict: PDP, Ahiwe Urge Party Faithful, Supporters to Remain Calm
Hints at Heading to Supreme to Challenge Appeal Court Judgment
The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the 2023 governorship poll, Chief Okey Ahiwe have reacted to the Appeal Court judgment reaffirming Alex Otti as the duly elected governor of Abia State in the March 18 governorship poll.
In separate statements issued after the verdict, both PDP and Ahiwe called for called on the party members “to remain calm, steadfast, peaceful and law-abiding.”
The Appeal Court sitting in Lagos had Saturday dismissed the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Chief Okey. It also dismissed the one filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its fag bearer, High Chief Ikechi Emenike.
But despite the unfavourable outcome of their appeals, which they filed after the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal ruled in favour of Otti, the Abia PDP and Ahiwe stated that their confidence in the judiciary remain unshaken
According to them, the judiciary is the still the last hope of the common man and “one of the strongest pillars of our democracy”.
In the statement signed by the Acting Publicity Secretary of Abia PDP, Hon Abraham Amah, the former ruling party hinted it would proceed to the Supreme Court, saying that it could “explore other options available to us”,
“We call on the good people of Abia who have been suffering under the bad policies of Alex Otti to know that the (opposition) party would never abandon them.”
Ahiwe in his message to supporters urged them to “remain calm, keep praying b to God, and look beyond the eclipse of transitional sunset”
He said: “When we embarked on the journey to reclaim our mandate through judicial processes, it was a calculated resolution and we were conscious that the journey would not be a sprint but a peculiar marathon with inevitable twists and turns.
“Our destination was clearly defined from the onset, and our focus is unchanged. So, at this juncture, our faith in God is renewed, as well as our solid confidence in the judiciary”.