Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia on Friday said the Supreme Court judgment on the 2011 governorship pre-election matter in the state had become "an eye-opener" to seekers of elective offices.
The Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Friday dismissed the suit that was instituted by Chief Ikechi Emenike of the PDP, claiming to be the party's legitimate candidate for the governorship poll.
The court dismissed the case in favour of the governor. Reacting to the judgment in Umuahia, Orji charged politicians to "work hard", if they hope to win in any elections.
"This should be an eye-opener for every politician not to depend on the court to win elections.
"You should work hard before the election, do something for the people and show cause why they should vote for you during the election," he said.
The governor further urged politicians to test their popularity among their people. "You should also make yourself amiable to the party for it (party) to nominate you as its candidate for election."
According to him, the post-election litigations are a serious distraction, as he is one of the governors with the highest number of litigations from people, who thought they can unseat me. "God has ordained me to be governor and my time to leave is 2015," he said, while urging opponents to join hands with him to transform the state.
Meanwhile, the governor on Friday inaugurated three roads in Umuahia, the state capital, as a part of activities marking his fifth year. The inaugurated roads were as follows: the Nkata by-pass, Nkata-Amaeke Road and Amuzukwu-Mbom Road.