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Tribunal Victory: Nwifuru Extends Olive Branch To Opponents

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The Governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru has called on his opponents in the March governorship election to bring the ideas in their manifestos to develop and make the state prosperous.

Nwifuru made the call on Wednesday in Abakaliki while reacting to his victory at the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The tribunal dismissed the petition against Nwifuru’s victory in the 18th of March, 2023 gubernatorial election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate, Ifeanyichukwu Odii.

The tribunal also dismissed the petition brought by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof Bernard Odoh, ruling that both lacked merit.

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I approached my opponents after my electoral victory to join me in developing the state, but they approached the tribunal for justice.

‘I still urge them to bring the ideas in their manifestos for us to develop and make the state prosperous,’ he said.

He dedicated his court victory to God, saying that those who petitioned his victory knew he had won the election.

He thanked Ebonyi people for massively voting for him and, as such, made his petitioners file only one ground of petition.

‘They contested that I was not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the time I contested the election.

‘The tribunal judiciously dismissed the claim because what qualifies someone to contest for a position is already stated in the electoral act.

‘Once someone contests in a party’s primaries, wins and name is submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), such a person is a member of that party,’ he said.

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