L-R: Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Akwa-Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udom

L-R: Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Akwa-Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udom

Jubilation In Abia, Akwa Ibom Over Supreme Court Judgement


There was jubilation in Abia and Akwa Ibom states yesterday over  the Supreme Court judgments that reaffirmed the election of Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Udom Emmanuel.

Abia Governor Okezie ikpeazu and Akwa Ibom governor Emmanuel Udom

L-R: Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Akwa-Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udom

Dr Ikpeazu arrived in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, amidst cheers from the people. He drove round the city, waving at the people and beaming with smiles.

The governor, was welcomed into the city with cannon shots,  addressed the people at the Okpara auditorium.

Ikpeazu thanked God for the several battles he fought to reclaim his mandate, saying he could not have succeded without God.

Ikpeazu dedicated his victory at the apex court to God and the good people of the state. “We have been fighting this political war from April 11-25 till now which has ended at the Supreme Court,” he said, adding:

“At the beginning of this battle I proclaimed my faith in the God, I could not have done anything without God who has seen me through all these battles with victory.”

I have forgiven those who battled me as a Christian as it is the project of God and not mine. I leave you with these words from Galatians 6: 17. From now on, let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of my Lord Jesus.”

Former House of Assembly Speaker Chris Enweremadu described the judgment as strengthening his belief in the judicial system.

He said: “I am happy that the antics of some persons to disenfranchise me, my local government area, our sister council areas like Osisoma, Isiala Ngwa North and Obingwa was not allowed to happen.”

Governor’s Media Assistant, Ugochukwu Emezue described the apex court victory as a confirmation that God’s hand is upon Abia State.

Emezue said: “This judgment has rekindled the hopes of Abians, this judgment will spur the governor to greater heights in terms of the provision of infrastructure and other social amenities.”

While some members of the PDP were jubilating, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) supporters were sad.

Publicity Secretary Mr. Uchechi Ogbuka said: “I want to thank God for the victory that he gave Governor Ikpeazu at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The election was won from the stage one but people think that they can truncate.

“I want to assure Abians that in less than no time, the history and story of Abians will change for good for all, based on what he has done in the state less than eight months in office. Now that he has relaxed, he is going to double his efforts. Abians should give this government a chance. They should respect the government and support the government to enable the govenor take us to the next level of development.”

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