Chief Olisa Metuh, a PDP chieftain, has urged Sen. Andy Uba, the APC’s candidate in the recently concluded Anambra gubernatorial election, to reconsider any decision rejecting the poll’s findings.
Metuh, a former PDP National Publicity Secretary, also asked Uba not to create the ground for a protracted legal battle over the election results.
Ebiloma Abdullahi, his Special Assistant, made the request in an Abuja statement on Friday.
Andy Uba had previously expressed his dissatisfaction with the election results, stating that he was astonished that the APGA, a weak party, had won the poll ahead of his party, the APC.
His campaign organization had also promised to seek redress in court.
However, Metuh said that although he was not contesting the inalienable right of a participant to protest the outcome of any electoral process but in the case of recent Anambra election, contesting the result would appear counter-productive and against the overwhelming opinion of Anambra people.
“Irrespective of any perceived imperfections of that election, the fact that the outcome embodied the verdict of the greater majority of Ndi Anambra is distinctly clear.
“And, having spoken through their votes, the ultimate aspiration of Ndi Anambra at the moment is to leverage on the current outcome to move the state forward along the line of peace, stability and progress.
Metuh added that though he was not of the APGA but a loyal and committed member of the PDP, who was extremely proud of the credible and winning campaign ran by the PDP candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, he took that patriotic step as a statesman, in the larger interest of the state.
He expressed happiness that after appealing to the contenders, immediately the final results were announced, all the other candidates including that of PDP congratulated the governor-elect.
He said that the candidates also pledged to work with him to move Anambra state forward.
He said that “Ndi Anambra” yearned for a stable state government that would focus all its energy on the developmental needs of the state without any form of distractions and encumbrances such as electoral litigations.
“It is against this backdrop that Metuh makes a special personal appeal to Sen. Uba, as a leader, to therefore rescind any decision rejecting the results and setting the stage an electoral legal tussle.
“This important as such would detract the government, stagnate the state and lead to avoidable tension and division in Anambra.
“Indeed, Metuh firmly believes that Sen. Uba decided to run for the governorship of Anambra because he means well for the people and not for any personal aggrandizement.
“Moreover, Sen. Uba is eminently qualified and he ran a very robust campaign that even made it possible for the APC, despite its unpopularity, to have a mention in the electoral process in Anambra.
“Sen. Uba is an illustrious son of Anambra who has attained lofty heights including serving as Senior Special Assistant to the President, elected as state governor, two-time senator of the Federal Republic as well as enviable accomplishments in business and social life.
“So, there is no doubt that he means well for Anambra State.
“Sen. Uba as a person might not need anything in Anambra, but there are millions of Ndi Anambra that depend on and yearn for stability and development for survival,” NAN quoted him as saying.