Abia: Uchechukwu Ogah accepts defeat, congratulates Okezie Ikpeazu
*Demonstrates rare spirit of sportsmanship in Nigerian political firmament
Former Abia State governorship aspirant, Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah, has congratulated his rival and the sitting Governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
Ikpeazu’e election was affirmed by the Supreme Court on Friday.
A five-man bench of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, had on Friday unanimously upheld Ikpeazu’s election after dismissing Ogah’s appeal for lack of merit.
Ogah’s case which he won at the Federal High Court, Abuja, but lost at the Court of Appeal, was also dismissed by the apex court.
Ogah in a rare expression of sportsmanship unknown in the Nigerian political firmament, through a statement at the weekend, said he had accepted the verdict and urged all the people of the state to support Ikpeazu as governor of the state.
The statement read, “On the 12th of May 2017, the Supreme Court of Nigeria gave their final verdict over my case with Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State. Even though a painful verdict, but as someone that believes in the rule of law and the judiciary, I have accepted the decision of the apex court in good faith.
“As the legal battle comes to an end with the Supreme Court’s declaration, I’m exceedingly happy today that in the course of this struggle, I never resorted to self-help nor encouraged my supporters to indulge in any form of violence either in my State or elsewhere.
“May I especially thank my teeming supporters for standing by me all through this journey and may I also use this golden opportunity to congratulate His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia State and urge all Abians to join hands in supporting the Governor in order to move our dear state forward.”