From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Engr Jude Chikadibia Okpor has Congratulated the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru on his victory at the Governorship Tribunal Sitting in Abuja, describing the verdict as victory for democracy.
Engr Okpor who is elated at the outcome of the Judgement on Wednesday, said, Rt. Hon.Nwifuru’s triumph at the Tribunal was not only a victory for the collective will of the people but also a vocal expression of people’s goodwill as their yearn for progress.
The Information Commissioner maintained that the Tribunal’s position is a victory for all who repose confidence on His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, and what he can achieve for the state and humanity as Governor of Ebonyi State.
According to him, “When God ordains, no man dares cast down! This victory holds answers for doubting thomases who question your avowed position that power belongs to God. No man is God. The judgement equally puts such a distraction aside.
“I congratulate the judiciary for standing as the hope of the people; by rising to their constitutional mandate, democracy has today been defended. Our trust in the ability of the Nigerian Judiciary to stand firm in defense of the sanctity of the ballot box at all times has never waned. The mandate of the majority has prevailed.
“I hereby call on our well-respected brothers; Dr Bernard Ifeanyi Odoh, the AGPA candidate and Chief Ifeanyi Odii of the PDP who have ventilated their legitimate rights in the tribunal thus far to exhibit sportsmanship by accepting the well-researched judgement of the revered Justices in the interest of peace and development of our dear state. Ebonyians expect them to demonstrate patriotism by joining hands with our people-oriented and purpose-driven leader to take Ebonyi State to greater heights”
Recall that the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the victory of Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru in the April, 2023 gubernatorial elections and dismissed two separate petitions filed against him by the candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof Ben Ifeanyi Odoh and his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.