IN the face of continued rejections of the electoral victory of Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu in the March 9 polls by some political parties in the state, the Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) has backed the governor, describing the election as free and fair.
The governorship candidate of JMPP in the election, Charles Okereke told journalists in Umuahia that his party accepted the results as released by INEC and certified the conduct of the election.
Okereke, a US based publisher Nigeriamasterweb online news, in company of the state party Chairman, Mr Ifeanyi Mgbemena, urged the governors opponents in the election to support him and not distract him with court actions.
Meanwhile, Abia State indigenes resident in North America have called on legislators-elect in the state and federal legislatures to justify their election by striving to get the statutory and other dues of their constituencies.
In a statement, the indigenes under the aegis of the Abia State National Association, North America (ASNA-NA) commended the contestants for their active participation and urged the winners to work with the losers and the entire citizenry.
The statement signed by the Secretary General, Mr Charles Eluwa
and the President, Chief Chibuzo Ngwakwe of ASNA-NA, stated that the coming together of winners and losers would be in the overall interest of the state.
In the statement, ASNA-NA noted: “We specially encourage those who fought gallantly but did not win this time to graciously concede and support the winners so that as a team, they can move Abia forward.
“Opportunities are limitless, let the prolonged legal battles that characterized past elections that resulted in waste of resources be a thing of the past.”
In congratulating Ikpeazu, ASNA-NA indicated that it will continue to work with the governor to improve the people’s well-being through the association’s medical, education and economic missions to the state.