By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
Ebonyi state governor, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru has described his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as victory to constitutional democracy.
The Governor who was reacting to his victory shortly after the judgement at the new Government House Centenary City, Abakaliki expresses confidence in the Nation’s judiciary.
According to him, “I had approached my dear brothers who contested with me not to challenge the decision of the people after they spoke very loudly in the March 18 election which they turned down. Today the Tribunal has dismissed all the grounds they raised .”
” I joined APC on the 9th of November, 2020 and PDP took me to court, Justice Ekwo gave judgement in their favor and they celebrated it. Based on the provisions of the law we appealed the judgement and sought stay of execution which the court didn’t grant until the case was withdrawn. ‘
“The electoral act also makes it clear that once you contest primaries in a political party and the party sends your name to INEC, and you are sponsored by that party you automatically become a member of that party.”
On whether he properly resigned from PDP, the Governor said he followed due process by handing over his resignation letter to the ward chairman of PDP.
“Votes and proceedings of the House and my resignation letter indicated clearly that I have left the party, yet they went to court and said I didn’t resign. Unfortunately a senior lawyer went and Forged a document and presented to the court that I did not resign. I was in the court when a senior lawyer said my resignation letter was not signed , I want the Nigeria Bar Association and Body of Benchers to review the character of that lawyer who went and Forged documents and presented to the court”.
The Governor applauded Ebonyi people for their steadfast support and assured he will continue to work to develop the state.