The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has described the avowed intention of the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba, to challenge the declaration of APGA’s Candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, as the winner of the November 6 Anambra governorship election, as a show of disrespect to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uba had told his supporters a day after Soludo was declared winner that he would recover his “stolen mandate” through the court.
But the APGA, through the Director of Media and Publicity of APGA Campaign Council and Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, has said that Uba had no mandate to recover.
Adinuba said that any move to challenge the result in the law court by Uba after President Buhari had congratulated Soludo for winning the election, would amounts to disrespect for the President.
A press release by Adinuba, which was made available to THISDAY in Awka, reads: “The Anambra people are satisfied that the party, which took second in the election, has congratulated the winner, just as the APC which came third.
“President Buhari says he is looking forward to working closely with Professor Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a member of Buhari’s Committee of Economic Advisers, for the development of not just Anambra State but the South-east.
“It is, indeed, a mark of gross indiscipline that after President Buhari, the APC leader, has congratulated Professor Soludo on his massive victory in 19 out of the 21 local government areas in Anambra State, Uba, who could not win in even one local government, is threatening the Anambrapeople with fire and brimstone as well as the so-called Imo Formula which, in his fanciful world, could make a person who took a very pathetic third position occupy Anambra Government House.”
Adinuba urged Anambra people and all Nigerians to disregard the threat from Uba and his supporters, saying all local and international observers have confirmed that the November 6 election was free, fair and transparent.
“Local and international journalists who covered the historic election are of the same view. The massive rejoicing in Anambra State and beyond over the outcome shows the profound legitimacy of INEC’s declaration of Professor Soludo as the winner of the November 6 vote. It is time to ignore Uba, a bad loser who was never the APC candidate in the first place,” he said.