Ubah congratulates Soludo, says he won’t challenge election results in court

Ubah advises Soludo to conduct Local Government elections and grant full financial autonomy to the LGAs.

Ifeanyi Ubah and Prof Chukwuma Soludo (Punch)

Ifeanyi Ubah, the candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the governorship election in Anambra state has congratulated the governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Earlier on Wednesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Soludo as the winner of the November 6 governorship election in the state.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cleared 19 of the 21 local government areas with a total of 112,229 votes.

Reacting to Soludo’s victory, Ubah, who came fourth in the election with 21,261 votes said he had called the governor-elect to congratulate him.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ubah said even though the outcome of the election was not desirable, he won’t be going to court to challenge it.

The statement reads, “I have just called the newly elected Governor of our dear State; Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo to congratulate him on his victory at the just-concluded November 6, 2021 Anambra Governorship poll.

“To everything there is a season, so the Holy Bible says. It is with a heart full of gratitude and submission to the will of God that I address you all today having enjoyed the unique privilege of earning your support to seek the Governorship office of our dear State Anambra.

“This is not the outcome that we wanted and worked so hard for. Although some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units.

“However, the collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus. Not minding the outcome of the elections, I feel pride and gratitude for this formidable campaign that we waged irrespective of the pervasive security crisis that did not allow us to maximize our full campaign potentials in the nooks and crannies of the State.

“As a Democrat and law-abiding citizen, I wholeheartedly accept outcome of the election and would like to use this medium to congratulate Prof. Charles Soludo on his victory. It is imperative to state that I do not intend to challenge the electoral results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission through any court or judicial process.”

He, however, advised Soludo to conduct Local Government elections and grant full financial autonomy to the LGAs in order for them to bring dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

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