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Felix Igboke, the Commissioner for Project Monitoring in Ebonyi State, made a formal request to the Ebonyi Election Petition Tribunal yesterday, seeking to withdraw the suit he had previously filed, which contested Mr. Nkemkanma’s election victory for the representation of Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency.
Mr. Igboke, who serves as the Commissioner for Project Monitoring in Ebonyi State, was the candidate representing the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Federal House of Representatives Constituency election.
In a closely contested election, Mr. Kama, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, emerged triumphant, defeating Mr. Igboke, the All Progressive Congress (APC) representative.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Mr. Igboke proceeded to the Tribunal, where he filed a challenge against the election results, questioning Mr. Kama’s victory.
In an official statement, the Commissioner conveyed his decision to retract the matter he had filed at the Tribunal.
After careful consideration of counsel from influential leaders, family, and constituents, he arrived at the decision to withdraw the case.
He expressed his commitment to promoting an atmosphere of peace, development, and mutual coexistence among the people residing in the constituency.
‘I, therefore, wish to inform us that I have withdrawn the said petition against Hon Nkemkanma Kama. This was officially done today 20th July 2023, and in the best interest of our people.’
‘It was a hard decision but we had to do it. God has bestowed upon each of us great destinies and He decides who gets what at any given time.’
‘It is my conviction that this decision will among other things offer Hon Kama the needed space to effectively represent our people and contribute his own quota to the development of our dear constituency which has always been my desire and prayer,’ he added.
Based on reliable reports, the motion for withdrawal, filed on 17th July, was presented to the Tribunal on Thursday, and subsequently, the case was struck out.