No hope lost despite election defeat – Ikpeazu



The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has disclosed he is not losing hope despite losing in the just concluded senatorial election held last Saturday.


Ikpeazu, a two time governor, lost to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.


The PUNCH reports the governor faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission for declaring Abaribe winner.


The governor, rather than being dejected, appreciated God for the opportunity to govern Abia State for eight years.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, he thanked God no life was lost in the election as he was not ready to engage in violence or spill blood to win an election.


He said, “In elections, you win some and you lose some. It is service and if somehow the opportunity fails to come to you, you thank God for the ones you won.  I cannot spill blood for politics. I am a happy man and now focused on the 11th March governorship election.”


He also affirmed the participation of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, affected most of the results from the South East region.


The governor added, “Tell our detractors that Dr Ikpeazu has won two gubernatorial elections in Abia and by God’s grace defeated COVID-19. He can count his blessings.  In eight years as a governor, he restored peace and security, built four bridges and 200 roads; built a paediatric hospital, 700 classroom blocks, four model schools, gave overseas scholarships to 51 Abians among other things, all in eight years.


“That is to show that he came to serve without bitterness and attention to naysayers. Ikpeazu has promised to finish the new Government House, Umuahia, finish the new modern diagnostic lab in Isuikwuato and a mega hospital in Aba. I can count my blessings. Let all men count theirs.  It’s not how long but how well.”


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