Okorocha Commends Court Judgement Affriming His Victory

Rochas OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has commended the Appellate Court for upholding the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed his victory during the April 2015 general election.

The Governor also commended the court for justifying the people’s confidence in the ability of the judiciary to uphold justice and respect lawful actions of the people over who would govern them at any given time.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemoudo, Governor Okorocha commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha and his legal team for exercising their constitutional rights, adding that “it will help strengthen the nation’s democracy”.

He also called on the PDP candidate and other Imo indigenes, irrespective of party affiliations, to support his government to further sustainable growth and development and build the state of their collective dreams and aspirations.

Meanwhile, Hon Ihedioha while reacting to the judgment, directed his counsel to approach the Supreme Court and seek redress against the Appeal Court’s ruling.

In a statement by his Media Aide, Chibuike Onyeuwku, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives called on PDP members   and all Imo indigenes to remain resolute ‘and continue in their prayers as the Okorocha-led administration in the state will very soon, give way for a PDP-led God fearing, purposeful, transparent and qualitative administration’.

Governor Okorocha Commends President Jonathan For Political Maturity

Rochas-Okorocha-PresidentThe Governor of Imo State and the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying high level of political maturity by conceding defeat and calling to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate and winner of Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election.

Governor Rochas Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemoudo, said that President Jonathan has no doubt made history by being the first sitting Nigerian President who not only conceded victory to his major opponent, but openly congratulated him without betraying any emotions.

He urged the President to be mindful of the antics of some of his political associates who might want to coerce him into taking any action that would diminish all the goodwill he has gained in the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.

The Governor, however, called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for President Jonathan for God’s guidance in his personal life and future endeavours.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Wednesday April 1, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Governor Okorocha was also a presidential aspirant and one of the contestants in the APC presidential primary elections from which General Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the party’s flagbearer.

Okorocha placed fourth in the election held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos in December 2014.