The two time Senator for Okigwe Senatorial zone, Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume who the Federal Court of Appeal yesterday, declared the authentic winner of the Imo North bye-election held in December last year to fill the vacuum created by the demise of Senator Ben Umajumogu has congratulated the people of Okigwe zone for keeping faith alive despite the machinations of the sworn enemies of due process, rule of law and adherence to democratic principles.

Agu Isiebu, as fondly called who stated this in a release captioned “Congratulations  to Okigwe people“ posted on his social media handle, yesterday, shortly after his victory at the Federal Court, said, “ this is not a victory for Ararume, it is victory against imposition, a victory against unlawful substitution, abuse of power and reckless use of office. This is a victory for rule of law and democracy. It doesn’t matter whether you like or hate Ararume. What we have continued to fight is impunity against established laws and order by those in positions who think they are powerful or above the law. We will continue to fight against unlawful imposition or attempt to put Okigwe zone under control by external forces. Okigwe zone belongs to Okigwe people and they must be allowed to make their choices”.

“The victory belongs  to the men and women who stood firmly on the side of truth; those whose faces were marred by sweat and blood fighting the rot, those who strived valiantly to make things right, those who had come short again and again but still strive to make things right because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, those who at best know that in the end the triumph of high achievement and those who even if  they fail, do so while daring greatly so that their place shall never be with the cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat because they are afraid to try. The supreme excellence is having to subdue the armies of your enemies without fighting or begrudging the.”

He further stated that, “there are many enemies facing us today and we must channel our arsenal towards fighting them or we drown. They include insecurity, economic downturn, unemployment, infrastructural decay, substandard education system, policies affecting trade and investment, prompt payment of salaries and pensions, environment and heath issues among others. These are the real enemies that we must join hands to fight.”

He called on the political class to shun selfish interests and unhealthy political rivalry and think more of how to secure a better future for generations to come. “How do we address the issues that concern Ndi-Igbo, address the litany of agitations in different parts of the country and find solutions to the issues and concerns raised by our young people. These and many more should occupy our mind.”

He vowed that, never again will external forces dictate the pace of political development in Okigwe zone because that amounts to slavery in the 21st century.

The maverick politician called for synergy and unity of purpose now that the legal battle is over.