Following the validation of the election victory of Imo State governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha by the Governorship Election Tribunal, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has urged those distracting the Rebuild Imo administration with frivolous litigation to desist from their ignoble antics and allow the governor to “liberate the state from several vices, including insecurity, chaos, infrastructural decay and socio-economic quagmire and stagnation.”
The Coordinator, Zone B of NANS, comprising the entire South East and South/South States, Comrade Godson Okereke (Aluta Bishop), made the appeal while addressing a cross section of the press over the weekend, noting that “the tribunal’s affirmation of Chief Ihedioha’s victory is not a surprise because he had the goodwill, support and loyalty of the majority of Imo people, especially students and youths, who aside from their numeric strength, are the ones that make things happen.”
He described Ihedioha`s governorship as divine and an act of God, aimed at liberating the state, adding that it is obvious that the emergence of the former dep. speaker of the House of Representatives as governor is God’s positive response to the fervent prayers of his people”.
According to him, well meaning Imolites, who were dissatisfied with the poor and inept performance of the immediate past administration in the state that unleashed suffering, pain and hardship on the people, had cried to God for liberation.
The vibrant activist and students leader called on Imo people to key into the vision and mission of the Imo State government and support it’s programmes and policies, irrespective of political affiliations.
Aluta Bishop said, “it is also gratifying that, less than four months into his tenure, the veil of gloom, despair and uncertainty that formerly enveloped the state, has been neutralized through his people-oriented governance. For instance, civil servants in the state, who were paid 70% of their salaries for over 3 years, now receive 100% of their salaries, verification of pensioners is almost being concluded and they will soon be paid, many youths from the three senatorial zones have been empowered with ICT training and other skill acquisition programmes, while some responsible youth and student leaders are already occupying vantage positions in the Rebuild Imo government.
“Nigerian students have resolved and hereby warn detractors, fifth columnists, their sponsors and cohorts to accept the tribunal’s verdict in good faith and join hands with the Governor who has, in view of his monumental achievements so far and his well articulated blue print of action shown capacity, and zeal to build the Imo of our collective dream.
“If they fail to heed this wise counsel, they will be seen as enemies and clogs in the wheels of progress by Nigerian students. They will also be treated accordingly whenever and wherever they are seen in any of our campuses”.
“We also assure the Ihedioha led Rebuild Imo administration of our unalloyed support and loyalty. We will also be the first to call the government to order, if it derails”.
NANS commended the judiciary “for being bold, firm and courageous in the face of all perceived and subtle persuasions, manipulation and intimidation. This landmark judgment has reaffirmed the fact that the judiciary, is indeed the last hope of the masses”.
Responding to a question, Aluta Bishop said, “NANS identified with Ihedioha from the onset. After assessing and evaluating all the governorship candidates, we decided to mobilize and sensitize the electorate on the need to vote massively for Governor Ihedioha, because of his antecedents, impeccable track record and achievements as a former legislator. We also came to Imo State enmasse to cast block votes for him and protected our votes, hence his resounding victory”.
It was a hat-tick victory for Mr. Ihedioha on Saturday when the Election Tribunal affirmed his popular election in Jabi, Abuja.
The tribunal dismissed the petitions filed against Ihedioha by three political parties – Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).