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I Will Be Imo Governor Before The End Of This Year – Achonu

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The Governorship candidate of the Labor Party (LP) in the last Imo governorship election, Senator Athan Achonu has expressed hope that he will reclaim his stolen mandate, thus banking on the judiciary to make that happen.

He insisted that he won last year’s governorship election, defeating the incumbent, Hope Uzodinma.

He claimed that he was denied victory by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In an interview with newsmen which was monitored by The Eastern Updates, he appealed for calm, assuring Imo people that justice will be served before the end of this year.

He said; “What I have is hope and not chances. Because I am highly optimistic that the election will be upturned. The case in the tribunal is a straight forward thing for us. We presented enough evidence to the tribunal to prove our case, and we expect them to give us justice because we won the election.

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“There may be bad eggs in the judiciary as it is the case in other professions. But there are lots of men and women of integrity in the judiciary who would never compromise, irrespective of the pressure. Remember that these judges are Nigerians and members of the Nigerian society, and are obviously affected by the rot in the system. But that doesn’t rule out the fact that there are lots of good ones with high integrity and respect for the sanctity of the law.

“Our prayers and desire is that we come across these good ones who would uphold the rule of law and justice. But for some reason, I am advocating that more women are given more opportunities to run the affairs of this country. I am happy that more of them are in the judiciary and are handling sensitive cases.

“They are more compassionate and managers, perhaps, because they are mothers and caregivers. It was a woman that saved Alex Otti in Abia State when enemies of the state wanted to thwart the will of the people. Otti wouldn’t have been declared winner of that election if not for the woman that served as Returning Officer. I believe that women would save our democracy.”

The Eastern Updates


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