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Chief Victor Umeh who is the Senator representing Anambra Central at the National Assembly, has described his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal as divine, historic, and faultless.
In his view, whomever stood in God’s way would inevitably be destroyed, therefore his opponents had lost the battle because they had challenged God and not him.
The election of the Labour Party (LP) candidate was upheld by the electoral petition tribunal, which met in Awka, Anambra State, on Friday.
Ruling on the petition filed by Dozie Nwankwo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) challenging Umeh on grounds of non-compliance, the tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of merit, stressing it was a party affair to determine its candidate.
But addressing reporters in reaction to the judgement, Umeh said he never had doubt over his victory at the tribunal, stressing that the judgement had put to rest all forms of distractions.
He said, ‘The challenge they put against me is actually against God. God designed everything that played out. Nobody believed it would turn out this way. Some even said I would not get the third position.
‘But I handed everything to God and never doubted for one day. This morning I was singing and thanking God for the victory even before it was read. Because the handwriting was just there.
‘There’s no way they would have defeated God, especially after seeing what God did and still refused to accept it. Instead, they decided to play God.
‘When this judgement was scheduled today, 8th, I knew they have lost, moreso as a great follower of our mother Virgin Mary of Catholic, and today being her birthday. I won’t lose anything on the day 8th. Mother Mary won’t allow that.’
Appreciating his constituency, supporters as well as lawyers for standing by him throughout the process, Umeh called on his opponent to evaluate their stand and reconsider further actions he termed, “flogging a dead horse.”
“Today, happened to be the big one, APGA and its candidate, one that generated much tension and hype. But I’ve remained calm all through the period. One, I knew I won and didn’t do anything to compromise the process, including rigging.
“My people, convinced that I’ll represent them better than any other candidate voted overwhelming for me. Looking at the margin, I didn’t see what anyone was going to the tribunal to do.
“Yet, they went there to claim all sorts of things and made so much noise. Mine is always on due process. I always study and follow the law. But they went to court to stop and disqualify me. Yet I won after all.
“This victory has put to rest all distractions, the coast is now clear for me to concentrate fully to work for my people because we have enormous work to do for them. So we need the space to confront the challenges facing my people head-on.
“I return Glory to God first, and my people of my constituency who fought gallantly for me to victory. I also thank my supporters, media team and campaign organisation as well as lawyers and counsels.
“To my opponents, they should evaluate their stand, self-evaluation and deep reflection. It’s not for me to call them to sheathe their swords, if I do so they would say I’m beginning them not to appeal.”