By Harry Awurumibe, Head, Abuja Bureau
An elated Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has said the Rebuild Imo Agenda of his administration is on course even as he has dedicated his victory Tuesday at the Court of Appeal to God.
According to a press statement made available by Chibuike Onyeukwu,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the victorious Ihedioha has also thanked party members, the good people of Imo State and the learned justices who vindicated his mandate.
“I wish to convey my sincere thanks to Almighty God over the disposal of the Imo State Governorship appeal.
“The learned justices once again vindicated the mandate delivered to us by the good people of Imo State. We also tender our gratitude to the good people of Imo State, the PDP party faithful and our teeming supporters for your prayers, solidarity and faith all through the process of the election petitions tribunal hearings and subsequent appeal”, he said.
Gov. Ihedioha also said the judiciary has again demonstrated it is the last bastion of justice and liberty in a democracy.
He said, “Their judgement today has reaffirmed our confidence in our judicial system”
He reiterated that he bears no ill against those with different political leanings who challenged the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Imo State.
He said, “The Rebuild Imo Agenda is on course. I bear none of my adversaries no ill will. I harbour neither bitterness nor rancour. Just as I am, without no other plea, than my earlier invitation that they should come and together, let us Rebuild Imo State”.
Affirming that effort to rebuild the State is a collective one, he noted that he is not unmindful that there would be opposition on our path.
“While I affirm that the effort is a collective one, I am not unmindful that there would be opposition on our path. But with God on our side, we shall rise above every mountain of antagonism, overcome layers of impediments and cross every Rubicon to deliver to our people quality infrastructure, functional welfare amenities and a prosperous economy.
“During the electioneering campaigns, I did assure our people that Imo State, under my watch would stand firmly on the rule of law. Indeed, this judgement today, once again, has strengthened our resolve to be guided by this solemn promise”
Gov. Ihedioha assured that Imo State shall be great again.
“Together we shall make Imo great again. There is therefore “no victor, nor vanquished. “A horse is prepared for the day of battle but victory is of the lord” Proverbs 21:31″, he declared.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Tuesday, in a unanimous judgement, upheld the decision of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the election of Gov. Ihedioha and dismissed the appeals filed by Chief Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of All Progressives Grand Alliance and Senator Hope Uzodinma All Progressives Congress against the governor with a fine of N500, 000 against of each the appellants.