Ogbonna Ukaegbu, the traditional ruler of Ohakelem Autonomous Community in Opkala, Imo State, has advised other governorship candidates in the Imo election to humbly accept the result of the poll.
Ukaegbu gave the advice during a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, saying they should forget about going to court to challenge the result in the interest of Imo people.
He said that going to court would not only polarise and create unnecessary acrimony in the polity but distract the incoming administration.
He said: “The people have expressed their choice in the March 9 election. It becomes unnecessary for anybody to say he is going to court to challenge the result of the election.
“The wish of the people should be supreme over that of a court judgment that is subject to technicalities and might be at variance with the peoples’ wish.
“The victory of Emeka Ihedioha should be seen as victory for the entire citizenry because the quest for a change of baton in the state had raged for a long time.’’
He called on the politicians and political parties that lost in the election to put the past behind them and work with Ihedioha for the overall development of the state.
The traditional ruler, who congratulated the governor-elect on his victory, advised him to extend the hand of fellowship to his co-contestants.