By John Meziem
The former governor of Imo state Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, has called on the candidates in the last governorship election who feel aggrieved over the outcome of the poll to sheathe the sword and withdraw their petitions from the tribunal.
According to Ohakim, doing so is in the interest of the state.
Governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Hope Uzodinma, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and others, are challenging Ihedioha’s victory in the tribunal.
Ohakim disclosed this while speaking at the inauguration of the 2019 Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee of the Governor-Elect, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, on Tuesday at the New Hall of Rockview Hotel, Owerri.
Ohakim said that the aggrieved governorship candidates would be helping the state when they withdraw their petitions, saying that he suffered suck fate when he faced 19 court cases for the period of four years he was Governor, and therefore would not want Ihedioha to pass through same horrible experiences and distractions.
Noting that continuing with the court cases would be inimical to the progress of the state, Ohakim explained that it would scare away development partners and other investors because investors do not invest where there are litigations.
He said the numerous litigations he faced was the reason the foreign partners for the refinery project located at Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area pulled out.
He observed that Ihedioha is coming to lead in a collapsed state and therefore does not need distractions but prayers and support from all and sundry.
He said that Ihedioha possesses the qualities needed to deliver and called on the members of the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee to be good representatives of the Governor-Elect in their communities and and wards.
However, the Governor-Elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has commended Dr. Ikedi Ohakim for his display of the spirit of sportsmanship, assuring that Imo State will rise again under his watch.