Abia State Association of Non-Governmental Organization (ASANGO) has counselled governorship candidates who lost to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the polls against resorting to legal battles.
The group rather appealed to the losers to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship by joining hands with the governor to develop the state for the good of the people and the state itself.
The Oracle Today gathered that over 30 governorship candidates slugged it out in the March 9, 2019 governorship contest in Abia in which the incumbent, Ikpeazu, emerged victorious.
Shortly after the announcement of the result, the candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Uche Ogah, and his All Progressives Gramd Alliance (APGA) counterpart, Dr. Alex Otti, rejected the governorship result, saying the contest was marred by irregularities.
Both at a joint Press Conference in Umuahia hours after the result was announced, served notice of the intentions to challenge the outcome of the guber election in court.
But ASANGO is saying that that is not the way to go, if Abia should move forward.
“We call on other candidates that contested with him for the governorship seat to shun going to tribunal and rally round the governor to move Abia forward, for the good of Abians,” said Chairman of ASANGO, Rev. Leonard Romanus, in a statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia while congratulating Ikpeazu on his resounding victory at the poll.
Romanus seized the opportunity to pledge that ASANGO under him would work in synergy with the Ikpeazu administration, security agencies, communities, Ministries and Parastatals in the state for the good of the association and Abia people in general.
“As the state Chairman of ASANGO, I will continue to build on the organization’s history and accomplishments, encouraging innovations and cross-sector relationships and strengthening our collective voice as integral to Abia States economy and communities.
“ASANGO must continue to provide exceptional services for non-profit/non-governmental organizations to be successful. Affordable access to timely information and relevant training is critical to staying up-to-date on the trends and best practices in the field,” the ASANGO leader in Abia said.