Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party. (PDP) from the South East Region have congratulated the Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, over what they described as a, “well deserved victory”, at the March 9, governorship poll. They also congratulated the people of Imo State, 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 commendation.
The elders, who called on the Governor-elect at his Owerri residence on Friday, said 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. In his speech, 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. 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. Senator Obi, a former Vice Presidential candidate, urged those who have challenged the victory of the Governor-elect, 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. In his reaction, Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha thanked the elders for their visit and reiterated his readiness to address the nagging challenges of the people when he assumes office. He said he appreciates the huge task cum expectations of Imolites from him and promised to do his best to deliver.
“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. The former Deputy Speaker, of the House of Representatives, while commending the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 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.
Rt. Hon. Ihedioha also reassured that he will run an inclusive government where well-meaning Imolites will join hands to move the state forward.
“Imo liberation is God’s doing. We will return Imo to God’s state, yetagain. 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. He sought the prayers and collective support of the PDP leaders and the entire Imo people to get things right for the overall good of Imo, Southeast and Nigeria in general.
“Let me use this opportunity to pay special tribute to Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Achike Udenwa and Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe for their contributions towards achieving this victory. They worked tirelessly in a manner that challenged the younger ones because they understand the need to liberate our state. It will be my privilege to add value to South East Governors Forum and Nigeria Governors Forum.” He added.
Earlier in their speeches, Sen. Ben Obi, Chief Achike Udenwa, former governor of Imo State, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu pioneer Chairman of NDDCand Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, former governor of Enugu State expressed their collective delight for the resounding victory of Rt. Hon. Ihedioha in the March 9 governorship election in the state.
The elders reminded him of the huge task before him and enjoined him to do his best not to disappoint. They assured him of their prayers, support and partnership to succeed while appealing to him to make efforts to advance effective leadership in the South East region.
Also present at the visit were; Dr. Kema Chikwe, Prof. ABC Nwosu, Hon.. Dubem Onyia and Senator Omezue Aboti.