Engineer Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Natasha Akpoti over the verdict of the Court of Appeal that favoured her in the Kogi Central Senatorial election, held in February year.
Ohere, who is vacating the Senate seat for Natasha, following the Court judgement, in a statement today, November 1, said: “Politics aside, time has come to let you know that the interest of Ebiraland must be most paramount to you without any restriction or discrimination whether based on political persuasion, creed, or religion.
“Whatever personal differences we have must give way to the advancement of our great state. The interest of Ebira people must be guaranteed by you regardless of religious and political affiliations. I pray for peace and progress in your tenure.”
Ohere said that he had accepted the ruling in the interest of peace and development of Ebiraland and asked the party’s supporters to accept the verdict as the will of God.
“We strongly believe we presented a good case before the Appeal Court, but the Court thought otherwise and has given its verdict. While the outcome is against our wish and that of our party members and supporters, we are all bound to accept it as law-abiding citizens.
“To our members and supporters across the State, I urge you all to accept the verdict of the Court and move on. The present situation is a win-win for us. It’s both a loss and victory rolled into one. While we lost technically, we’ll gain the highest.
“I pray for prosperity for Natasha’s tenure and urge her to deliver good governance to the entire people of Kogi Central.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your victory at the Appellate Court. While I pray for your tenure to be prosperous for our people and the State, I urge you to focus on the delivery of good governance and join hand with the Kogi State Government under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello to bring about good governance.”
Ohere asked his supporters to join hands with the entire people of Ebiraland and support the candidature of Alhaji Usman Ahmed Ododo for the governorship election coming up on November 11 in the State.