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The Imo state governor-elect, Rt.Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has received the Peoples democratic Party(PDP) elders from South East states at his Owerri residence with a promise towork towards greater development of the region.
The governor- elect informed his guests that he has a responsibility to restore order and bring back imo state bak to life.
The elders who never hid their joy over the victory that have seen the party regain a lost state in the region described it as a, “well deserved victory”, recorded at the poll.
Also they congratulated Imo State electorates, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the security operatives for the smooth conduct of the exercise in the state, noting, that their patriotism deserve commendations.
According to the elders they were in “state to convey their felicitation to him and the good people of Imo State as well as associate themselves with the liberation of the state”.
The leader of the delegation, Senator Ben Obi, said, "We have come here to identify solidly with a great man who has made us proud. We are here with the consent of our Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and the entire National Working Committee of our great party to congratulate you on this rare feat. We are certain that your victory will bring development not only to Imo State, but to the Southeast because it will enrich the Southeast Governors’ forum as well as our party’s Governors’ forum to become more robust and formidable”.
“We wish to remind you that the task before you is quite huge because a lot of things have gone wrong in the state. There is a lot of work to be done here in Imo and I believe that you have the capacity, contacts and the know-how with your team to turn things around for the better”.
Continuing,he said “we commend your commitment to our party. You were one man who stood firm by our party, during the Caretaker Committee transition. You stayed strong and served the party. We are here to tell you that you are not alone.
Speakin on those challenging the victory of Rt.Hon. Ihedioha at the court or tribunal Senator Obi, a former Vice Presidential candidate urged to have a rethink in the overall interest of the state.
“We wish to call on our brothers who are challenging the victory of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to please give peace a chance and join hands with him to rebuild the state. He needs everybody and I am happy he has restated his desire to work with everybody towards rebuilding the state” said Obi.
The Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in his response thanked the elders for their visit and reiterated his readiness to address the challenges of the people when he assumes office.
“I am profoundly delighted on your well thought out decision to visit Imo State and to thank God for making it possible for me to win the election this time. This is a victory for the ordinary Imo man and woman who stood by the truth to vote for our ticket. Across the nation, our victory is being celebrated and I understand the expectation is very high.
"In the past seven years or thereabout, we have had a misfortune of an unfortunate government. We have lost focus as a state such that most people in our state don’t understand what government means.
“I have a responsibility to restore order to bring our state back to life. I expect that a lot of work will be done at this time and on my part, I understand the desire to return our state to the path of glory. I want to assure that the task of getting positive stories from our state is one we will strive to accomplish”.
While promising on his readiness to run an inclusive government in the state,he commended the electoral umpire and the security agencies for their role in ensuring smooth conduct of elections in Imo State, noted that Imo State will be returned to God’s ways.
“Imo liberation is God’s doing. We will return Imo to God’s state, yet again. I will do my very best to bring my people together. As I have always said, I want to work with everybody. Let me once again, extend my hand of fellowship to all Imolites in the overall interest of our state. The interest of our state, this time should be of more concern to us”.
The delegation had Sen. Ben Obi, Chief Achike Udenwa, former governor of Imo State, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, former governor of Enugu State,Hon Dubem Onyia,Prof ABC Nwosu,Dr Kema Chikwe and others.