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All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship Candidate in the just concluded election in Abia, Dr Alex Otti has rejected the governorship result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, , describing it as a rape on democracy.
He made this rejection while addressing the press in his Campaign Office along Bank road Umuahia, Abia state capital.
He called on the people of Abia , whom he said that the result has thrown into mourning to mourn no more, adding that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
He advised Abians not to resort to brigandage, thuggery, or do the wrong thing as he believes that two wrongs can make a right.
“I am calling on my people to remain calm and steadfast, they should ensure that they maintain the peace, the election has come , but is has not gone, the battle has just started”, Otti asserted.
He assured Abians that he will stop at nothing in ensuring that the mandate they have freely given to him , “not as an individual, but as agent of change, will never be stolen,adding that “evil can never triumph over good. And if it seems that it is triumphing, it is only momentry because good must prevail”, Otti stated.
“ We are going to challenge this charade at the tribunal, and we are very confident that with the wind of change in the entire country, that Change will not be obstructed in Abia state. We are standing on the part of justice because in this whole process, we have remained on the part of truth and refused to be lured into anything wrong and because we are standing on the part of justice, we must get justice. I know a lot of my supporters in Abia state are angry, if you go round the state today, it is like a dark cloud covering the whole state. There may be pockets of rejoicing, but those are pockets. Ninety percent of Abians are mourning. They are morning , not because somebody died, but because their will had been truncated, the mandate they had freely given, seem to have been stolen”, Otti said.
He called on Abians to remain prayerful because with God , all things are possible. “We are going to be victorious and our people will be liberated. I thank my people for coming out to express their wishes and I am assuring them that those wishes must be fulfilled, Otti said.
He said further that he thank God for giving him the opportunity to know the level of rot in the state called Abia state, adding, “In addition to liberating Abia people, I have also added one more thing in my laundering lists of things to do in Abia state, as eradicating the rot that is in this state.
He explained that Abia people came out en mass on the two occasions to perform their civic responsibilities of electing their leader and their leaders.
“You have spoken with one voice, came out to say that you want a change which you demonstrated in your massive votes to us , but unfortunately, those who have held the state down, those who have put the state in the darkness that it has found itself today resorted to their usual tactics of truncating the will of the people .The reality is that you can fool some people sometimes, but you can not fool all the people all the time”, Otti said.
He regretted a situation , where the governor of the state with other PDP big wigs barged into a collation center to put undue pressure on the REC and RO. To make them reverse an already cancelled result of three Local Government areas, emphasizing that the party stands on the fact that those three local government areas still remain cancelled.
He wondered the type of pressure that would have been given to a professor of Medicine that made him to change his mind 45 minutes after pronouncing cancellation, stating that everything will be made open with time.
Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh urged INEC to stick to its first decision of cancelling the three local government areas of Obingwa, Osisioma and Isialangwa North.
He said that APGA, having won 11 , out of 24 members of the House of Assembly has the weight if justice learning on its side.
He said that APGA has rejected the result as announced byINEC
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