I Have Recovered My Stolen Mandate, Otti Reacts To Appeal Court’s Verdict

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti has restated his commitment to assume the mantle of leadership freely given to him by the people of the state.

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He said that he will not give up on in his pursuit of his mandate.

Otti made this disclosure while reacting to the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which ruled that he is the winner of the April 11, 2015 polls.

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo state capital had on Thursday, Dec ember 31, declared Otti the winner of the election in the statement, New Telegraph reports.

The APGA gubernatorial candidate statement reads in part: “I am sure that many of you have heard the good news from the Appeal Tribunal that we have finally recovered the mandate of the people, which was brazenly and shamelessly stolen from you a few months ago.

“This is one good news that travels fast as in the past few hours I have been inundated with calls, text messages and personal visits from many of you. All well-meaning people are rejoicing and there is joy in the land.

“It is said that the windmill of justice may grind slowly but it surely does grind. After more than seven months of tortuous and needless legal tussle, the will of the people has triumphed. “Today’s ruling is the triumph of the abiding will of the people against the principalities of thuggery barefaced robbery and highhanded impunity. It is victory of the silent majority over a noisy, unjust and parochial minority.

“My fellow Abians, it is your victory. “All through this period my faith in the nation’s justice system never wavered and I am glad that today’s judgment has justified our steadfast belief in the efficacy of the system. In the face of clear injustice, you kept faith in the system and refrained from self-help, even in the face of extreme provocation, denial and injustice. I salute your high sense of civic responsibility.

“For all well-meaning citizens of Abia and lovers of progress across Nigeria, the New Year has come a day earlier. On this great day of liberation of the good people of Abia from the bonds of mediocrity and self-centered oligarchy, let us savour the moment that restores our trust in our nation’s judiciary and our undying faith in our heavenly father, whose hand has been guiding this struggle for the return of our beloved state to greatness.

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“You must recall that Abia until the emergence of incompetent and insensitive ‘lootocracy,’ was the commercial powerhouse of West Africa. It was an industrial centre where multinationals and indigenous entrepreneurs held sway. It was the area that produced such great men as Michael Okpara, Dick Tiger, Jaja Wachuku, Alvan Ikoku, Nnanna Kalu, OC Ememe and so on. Today, it is a shadow of its former self.

Our mission is to restore our beloved state to greatness. In his own statement, which was also issued after the ruling on Thursday, Ikpeazu noted that reports available to him indicate that, “the premise upon which the decision of the Court of Appeal was arrived at is at best tenuous.”

However, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu expressed his confidence in the ability of the Supreme Court to correct the alleged error of the Court of Appeal noting that the highest court in the country will hand back his victory that was earlier upheld by the Election Petition Tribunal.

 

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