The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party ,Chukwuka Agwunobi and Action Alliance, Joy Mbawike, have withdrew their court cases challenging the victory of the Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, at the polls.
Chiji, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance had defeated the AA,PDP and other candidates to emerge the reelected member of Isiala Mbano state constituency.
Counsels to the PDP and AA candidates had told the tribunal sitting in Owerri that their clients had instructed them to withdraw the petitions before it.
The PDP candidate said “In order to set an example and to avoid a repeat of the ugly scenario that befell Isiala Mbano and Okigwe zone in 2011, I have chosen to sacrifice my ambition and support my brother, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins for the good and collective interest of our people.”
“I took this decision after a wide consultation with my family members, my faithful supporters and the intervention of our political leaders in Okigwe and Isiala Mbano, and other critical stakeholders in our state leadership.”
“Special mention is the fatherly intervention of the governor, Emeka Ihedioha.”
Mike Ohaka, who is one of the counsels to the speaker told our correspondent that with the two withdrawals, there was no more legal contention to the emergence of the speaker.
The speaker said that he was grateful to the PDP and AA candidates for opting to withdraw the petitions against him so that he would concentrate fully in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
Chiji, who described the PDP and AA candidates as his brother and sister, urged them to join him in ensuring that the legislature gives the state governor the needed corporation to succeed in his rebuild agenda for the state.