PDP urges calm after Appeal Court affirms Otti's election as Abia governor

The People's Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State chapter, has called for calm among its members and supporters following the Appeal Court's decision to uphold the victory of Alex Otti as the governor of Abia State in the 
March 18, 2023 governorship election.

The party's leadership is set to meet with the governorship candidate, Okey Ahiwe, his running mate, and the legal team to review the court's judgment and determine the next course of action. This development comes after the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal against Governor Otti's election. Despite the ruling, the PDP is advocating for peace and calm in the state as it considers its options.

In a statement signed by Elder Abraham Amah, Abia PDP vice chairman/acting State Publicity Secretary, the party said its confidence in the judiciary is strong as the last hope of the common man and one of the strongest pillars of the country's democracy. 

"We call on members of the PDP, our numerous supporters and sympathisers and the good people of Abia State to remain steadfast, calm, peaceful, law-abiding and put our hope and trust in God and the judiciary as we explore the options available to us. 

"We also call on the good people of Abia who have been suffering under the bad policies of Alex Otti to know that the Party would never abandon them," the statement reads.

In a similar statement, Victor Nwokocha, media adviser to Chief Okey Ahiwe said that his principal had asked Abia people not to panic, while expressing deep gratitude to God and his numerous supporters across political party lines, his dynamic legal team, family, friends, and well-wishers. 

In the words of Ahiwe, “When we embarked on the journey to reclaim our mandate through the judicial processes, it was a calculated resolution and we were conscious that the journey would not be a sprint but a peculiar marathon with inevitable twists and turns. 

"Our destination was clearly defined from the onset, and our focus is unchanged. So, at this juncture, our faith in God is renewed, as well as our solid confidence in the judiciary. I therefore encourage all my supporters to stay calm, keep praying to God, and look beyond the eclipse of transitional sunset.”

Chief Ahiwe, while extolling the courage and tenacity of his legal team, urged his supporters to remain peaceful and law-abiding, assuring that his legal team would diligently study the judgment of the Court of Appeal, and advise on critical options to guide him and the leadership of the PDP in taking a decision.
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