Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State on Monday described the Federal High Court judgement of a case challenging his candidacy for the 2011 election as ‘victory for democracy’.
Reacting to the judgement in Enugu, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Chukwudi Achife, said it was ‘triumph for truth, justice and democracy’.
Achife told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the governor would not make noise about the victory but would rather focus his attention on the governance of the state.
Also reacting, the former state secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Armstrong Agbo, described the judgement as the ‘handiwork of God’.
``This is victory for democracy and God. Gov. Chime is a destiny child because he has surpassed all the political battles against him,’’ he said.
Agbo, however, appealed to the aggrieved group, particularly in the PDP, to embrace peace and join the government in moving the state forward.
Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Chief Osita Okechukwu, said the matter had shown the ‘absurdity the PDP has gone into’.
Okechukwu, a former governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, said the matter had consumed time and money of the state government as well as created acrimony in the state.
A PDP governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Alexander Obiechina, challenged the validity of the primary election that produced Chime as the PDP governorship candidate.
Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja struck out the matter for lack of jurisdiction.