By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke who were re-elected on Saturday for a second term yesterday received their certificates of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Also the wife of the late member representing Idemili North state constituency, Hon. Francis Mmegbuaneze, who won the by-election for the constituency, Mrs. Nkoli Mmegbuaneze, also received her certificate of return.
Receiving the certificate from INEC National Commissioner, Mrs. May Agbamuche in a brief ceremony attended by party faithful, monarchs, political leaders and business magnets including, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil and Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu of Prince and Princess Properties at INEC headquarters in Awka, Obiano pledged to work harder in his second tenure than he had done in his current tenure.
Describing the election as free, fair and credible, the governor thanked all that made it possible especially President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said kept to his words to ensure it was transparent and credible.
He said: “I want to assure you that with my Deputy and I and our team, we are going to ensure that Anambra continues to shine. God has been with us and God is still with us
“I want to reassure you that I am not going to fail you, I will work harder in my second tenure than I did in my first term, so that at the end of the eight years, Anambra will look back and be happy that the confidence reposed in me, electing me as governor is not in vain.
“I want to call on my brothers who contested with me to join hands with me so that we can move our state forward. Anambra is bigger than our private ambitions.”
Thanking the people, Obiano said: “My first thanks goes to the Almighty God who performed the miracle of 21 over 21. I want to specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping to his word that this election will be free and fair. I also want to thank the whole of INEC staff particularly the chairman of INEC, the REC and all the INEC staff that worked in this election, for conducting this election in free, fair and transparent manner.
“I want to thank Ndi Anambra for this trust and in particular, I want to thank APGA as a political party for having this confidence to present me forward and giving me all the support all the way.”