Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has dedicated his victory at the tribunal Court to God and Abians and asked his opponents to join hands with him to develop the state.
Otti who was reacting to the tribunal judgment in his Nvosi country home, in Isiala Ngwa South LGA on Saturday thanked Abians for their huge support before, during, and after the election.
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Umuahia on Friday affirmed Otti’s victory, dismissing the petitions by PDP, and APC candidates.
The governor invited his opponents to join him in building the state, saying, “My advice to my opponents is that this is a good time to sheath their sword and join hands with me to develop our state, Abia.
“Anyhow you slice and dice it, it costs a lot of money to engage in litigation. While I will not ask them to bring the money to me I would advise that each of them have villages that are dilapidating, without roads, without water and I believe that their communities will appreciate it if they would channel those resources into building roads in their villages and communities.”
According to Otti, the resources can be utilized in providing pipe-borne water and ensuring that the state remains peaceful for the benefit of its inhabitants, asserting that his victory shouldn’t have been contested in the first place and expressing joy that the wishes of the people have come to fruition.
He added, “If you follow the election and everything that happened thereafter, you will know that quite frankly, this victory shouldn’t have been contested in the first place, but then, I also do not deny my opponents their rights to go to court”, he said and thanked the jurists and all those who ensured that justice prevailed in the end.
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