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The All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi State Chapter, on Friday, mocked the Supreme Court declaration of Ifeanyi Odii as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
According to the ruling APC, the court action, which brought Odii as the PDP gubernatorial candidate, only succeeded in burying the opposition party in Ebonyi.
The APC Chairman, Stanley Okoro-Emegha, stated this while briefing journalists in Abakaliki on Friday morning. He said Ebonyi people will vote based on the principle of equity and credibility.
He said, “How can intelligent and ever-conscious Ebonyi people allow a man who hails from almost the same local government area as the present Governor, David Umahi, succeeds him in office? The people are wiser now.
“The judgement of the supreme court has again vindicated the governor who has continuously stressed the need for Ebonyi people to choose his successor based on the principle of equity and credibility.
“While throwing his weight behind the party’s choice of Francis Nwifuru as their governorship candidate, Chief Emegha noted that APC is already cruising to landslide victory as the electorate will not cast their ballots for a candidate who shares the same zone with the incumbent Governor hence the principle of power rotation must play out during the polls.
“The judgement is a nightmare and big blow to PDP stakeholders as they are seriously reaching out and begging for the chance to be carried along in the activities of my great party, the APC. Their defection will be a tsunami in the state. This is why I have been saying that Ebonyi is totally an APC state. Nevertheless, we will accept them because we cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater.
“We are deeply grateful because our strategy is perfectly and effectively working to our benefit. Anyichuks’ emergence is an added advantage to APC and Ebonyi people in general.
“It is indeed the turn of Ebonyi North and Right Honourable Francis Nwifuru is the incoming Governor of the people. The Supreme Court’s verdict of September 14th marks the final burial of the PDP in Ebonyi State.”