By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—THE Anambra State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the governor-elect of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to start the reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party in the state before and during the recent governorship poll in the state.
In a statement in Awka, yesterday, the party also urged Obaseki to appoint credible persons that would help to achieve his campaign promises to push APC’s ideals in the state.
The statement, which was signed by the Public Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Okelo Madukaife, described Obaseki’s election as a great fight.
The statement read: “We heartily congratulate the governor -elect of Edo State and APC governorship candidate in the September 28, 2016 keenly contested elections, Mr. Godwin Nosaghenese Obaseki.
“We are convinced based on monitoring reports at our disposal, that Obaseki fought a good battle and earned a good victory with the active backing of members, leaders and stakeholders of our great party led by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole.
“We thank the good people f Edo State for trouping out without losing interest, despite an 18-day postponement of the polls for security concerns, seizing the moment and ensuring that power remained with the electorate to be exercised in the interest of the state.
“We urge Obaseki to begin the process of total reconciliation within the fold of our structures in Edo State, even as we look forward to the choice of capable men and women to help him achieve the twin campaign goals of industrializing Edo State and empowering the people economically.
“We have tremendous respect for democracy and the bill of rights contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“To that extent we recognize the right of any group to rejoice and another to protest, even when there is nothing genuine to protest as the nation witnessed one of the freest and fairest elections in the country in recent times.”
According to the statement, the Edo poll had raised the hope for further incremental changes in the conduct of elections in the country andcommended the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for rising up to the occasion.
The party, however, observed there were rooms for improvement to perform better in future elections, especially in Ondo and Anambra states.