Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru Governor of Ebonyi State Wednesday called on his opponents at the March 18 governorship election not to appeal the outcome of the election tribunal but rather join him to build the state.
Further litigation against the outcome of the election will be a distraction to the government.
Nwifuru spoke while reacting to the judgment of the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja which dismissed the petitions filed by the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Bernard Odoh, and that of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Odii against his victory at the poll on Wednesday, September, 27th, 2023.
The Governor explained that Odoh and Odii knew very well that they lost at the poll but chose to file petitions against him.
He said that he had no problem against anyone who challenged his victory at the poll and called on them to bring their ideas on how to transform the state.
“I believe that it is God that gives power. He has prepared me for the job. If I say that I was disturbed by the petitions against me by my opponents, that means that I am lying because there are dividends of democracy that we have provided in the state.
“Why should I be distracted when people are seeking to distract me and I know that they are seeking to distract me?
“I know that they didn’t mean business abinitio because if you mean business, I will know and you must go with facts.
“Litigation is all about facts. So, I am not distracted at all because I am doing the business of governance very well and our people are happy”.
Nwifuru said governance requires experience and he has acquired the experience which makes him unique among those who contested the governorship election.
He called on Odii to use his wealth and develop the people of the state rather than wasting it in vain.
The governor maintained that the opposition parties will still fail if they Appeal the judgment of the tribunal because they have no evidence to prove their cases.
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