The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency by-election, Mascot Kalu, says he will not challenge the result of the election which favoured PDP’s candidate, Chimaobi Ebisike.
The by-election was to replace Hon. Ossy Prestige Ossy, who died in Germany in February.
The APC candidate polled 3,674 votes to come second behind the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chimaobi Ebisike, who polled a staggering10,592 to emerge winner of the by-election. The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr Destiny Nwagwu, polled 1,584 to occupy the third position.
The result of the election was announced by the Returning Officer of the by-election, Prof. Fidelis Okpata, at about midnight on Saturday.
Kalu said: “Even though we have enough evidence to reclaim our mandate, we won’t be going to court.
“This is to allow the winner to concentrate and provide good representation and infrastructure to the good people of Aba.
“Once again, I thank the Aba people for coming out en masse to vote for the APC and I congratulate the winner, Chimaobi Ebisike and PDP
“It is not because they won but because it is gentlemanly to do so.”
He was disappointed with the of thuggery, violence and rigging that allegedly characterised the by-election. He said “Every country is peculiar to its people. Nigerians should support the electoral law being amended because it will help us to strengthen our democracy.
“The Electoral Act as it is renders the security agencies with arms weak in the face of violence at the polls and therefore needs a revisit,”
HE complained about the attitude of the opposition “While the opposition wanted the election at all cost, we chose life over bloodshed and therefore won lives and lost the polls. To us, that was a greater victory,”