The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has congratulated the Labour Party candidate and winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state, Alex Otti.
The spokesperson of the governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday night.
The incumbent, in a statement shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Otti as the winner of the poll, said the Labour Party candidate fought a long battle over a very long period of time and should be commended for his staying power and resilience.
Otti, the LP candidate, polled a total of 172,386 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Okey Ahiwe, who garnered a total of 88,174 votes.
“Having myself spent about three and half years in different courts and having experienced first-hand, the distraction such cases can cause a leader, I appeal to every candidate in this election not to distract the incoming administration with court cases, so that they will settle down and deal with the very demanding business of governance,” Ikpeazu was quoted as saying.
“Let us break this negative trend of subjecting our Governors to endless litigations and allow them to concentrate on providing good governance.”
Ikpeazu assured Otti that he would put in place every necessary measure to ensure a seamless transition