Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has congratulated the winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state, Dr. Alex Otti, appealing to losing parties not to distract the incoming governor with litigations.

The governor said having to deal with court cases when he came on board for about three and half years, he understands the distraction it can cause a leader.

“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. Let us break this negative trend of subjecting our Governors to endless litigations and allow them to concentrate on providing good governance”, a statement signed by the chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka quoted the governor as saying.

The governor also remarked that Dr. Otti has fought a long battle over a very long period of time and deserves commendation for his staying power and resilience.

In the words of the Governor, “Since we have come to the logical end of this battle, it is appropriate to congratulate the winner, Dr Alex Otti on his hard fought victory. In every battle, there will always be a winner and in the spirit of sportsmanship and love for our state, the Governor elect must see his victory as a higher call to service to the people of Abia State”.


The Governor also salutes the other candidates who took part in the election, especially the PDP candidate, Sir Okey Ahiwe, for their doggedness, insisting that distracting the incoming governor with series of court cases is not the way to go.

Ikpeazu assured the Governor Elect that he will put in place every necessary measure to ensure a seamless transition from his administration to his.

The Governor thanks the people of Abia State for casting their votes in a very peaceful atmosphere and reminds them that peace remains very critical in the quest for sustainable development, charging them to accord the incoming Governor every necessary support that will enable him succeed.

Governor Ikpeazu ends by wishing the incoming Governor, God’s blessings and guidance while assuring the people of Abia State that he will continue to discharge his duties as Governor until the 29th day of May, 2023 when he will handover to the new Governor.



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