Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has advised those contesting the victory of members of the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state to perish their litigation move, describing it as exercise in futility.
Election Petitions Tribunal in the State said it received 31 petitions regarding February 25 National Assembly elections in the state.
Secretary to the tribunal, Mr. Muazu Bagudu, had disclosed that 24 of the petitions were on the House of Representatives elections.
Member representing Soludo’s constituency, Hon Dominic Okafor is among those whose election is being challenged by the trio of Johnbosco Onunkwo (APC), Andrew Azike (LP) and Kenneth Anyaeche at the tribunal.
But speaking on Sunday during Okafor’s Post Inauguration Thanksgiving Mass at St Peters Catholic Church, Igboukwu in Aguata local government area, Soludo said those contesting the victory should save their time and rest as the Reps member was duly chosen by people of the area.
He said, “The people that are going to court should better rest and stop wasting their time. You are the member representing Aguata.
“Yes, it is their right to go to court, but I’m telling them to come back. We have chosen who will represent us. What God has written he has written.”
While congratulating the lawmaker on his victory, Soludo tasked him to raise the bar by going beyond legislation to seek ways of attracting development to the constituency and the state at large.
“Motion is more like advising the executive. Getting something done requires partnership and cooperation.
We can synergize to bring development home,” he added.
Speaker of the Federal House of representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, represented by former member of House of Representatives for Orumba North and South, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, lauded the lawmaker for his many good qualities.
He advised him to explore the path of partnership and collaboration to succeed in serving his people and in attracting quality development to his state.
Earlier in his sermon, Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke said it was high time politicians maximized their God-given opportunities to improve life of the people by rendering quality service to them.
He sad: “Let us use this opportunity to close ranks. Let communities come together to build the land. It is our duty to make our own contributions, and manage our differences. Even if it is not appreciated now, posterity will recognize the efforts.”
On his part, Hon Okafor urged members of his constituency to expect quality representation from him.