Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, candidate of the Young Progressive Party in the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, has said he will not head to the tribunal to challenge the victory of Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo.
Ubah, who currently represents Anambra South Senatorial District, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Soludo as the winner after the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate cleared 19 of the 21 local government areas with a total of 112,229 votes.
Ubah finished in a distant fourth place with 21,261 votes.
The YPP candidate disclosed that he phoned Soludo to congratulate him on his victory, adding that he has submitted to the will of God.
The statement read: “I have just called the newly elected Governor of our dear State; Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo to congratulate him on his victory at the just-concluded November 6, 2021 Anambra Governorship poll.
“To everything there is a season, so the Holy Bible says. It is with a heart full of gratitude and submission to the will of God that I address you all today having enjoyed the unique privilege of earning your support to seek the Governorship office of our dear State Anambra.
“This is not the outcome that we wanted and worked so hard for. Although some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units.
“However, the collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus. Not minding the outcome of the elections, I feel pride and gratitude for this formidable campaign that we waged irrespective of the pervasive security crisis that did not allow us to maximize our full campaign potentials in the nooks and crannies of the State.
“As a Democrat and law-abiding citizen, I wholeheartedly accept outcome of the election and would like to use this medium to congratulate Prof. Charles Soludo on his victory. It is imperative to state that I do not intend to challenge the electoral results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission through any court or judicial process.”
The YPP candidate urged “fellow contestants to move on and thread this same path of honour”.
Also, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has congratulated Soludo for winning the election.
In a statement issued by his Media Office on Wednesday, Ngige, a former governor of Anambra State, said the APGA candidate’s victory at the poll was well deserved, adding that the result was a true reflection of the wishes of the electorate.
The statement read: “Ndi-Anambra have spoken with this resounding victory. Having contested in 2010 with Soludo, who was then the PDP candidate and myself in ACN; an election in which I was ‘awarded’ the second position even though I won outright and Soludo third, I knew that with his tenacity of purpose and drive, he would one day make it to the seat of the Governor of Anambra State.
“It is a case in patience and endurance, an aspiration nurtured to serve the people with all his strength, I seriously believe. Ndi-Anambra I know, will hence, entertain no excuses.
“Much has been given, hence the expectation is very high. Knowing Soludo as I do, however , I have no doubt that our people have made an excellent choice by voting him.”
Ngige also congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission for conducting a free, fair and credible election, even with the initial hiccups posed by the malfunctioning of the Biometric Voters’ Accreditation system in some places.
He also thanked his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, for ensuring a level-playing field was provided for the election.
“At this auspicious juncture, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a glowing national tribute. I put on record, that Mr President had on three different occasions, assured through me, that the Anambra governorship election would be free and fair.”
Similarly, another ex-governor of the state between 2007 and 2014, Peter Obi, in a separate statement, congratulated Soludo on winning the election.
“I thank Anambrarians who braved all odds and came out to perform their civic duties. I urge them to support the in-coming Governor through prayers and other legitimate means to see that Anambra returns to her former glory as the “Light of the Nation.”
“Most importantly, I shall continue to commit the state into God’s hands for His will to be done at all times,” the statement read.
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