- …Charges him to be magnanimous in victory
- …Okorocha praises him too, as APC urges candidates to accept defeat
- …I’ve closed the chapter — Obaze
- …IGP hails personnel for professional conduct
By Chioma Gabriel, Vincent Ujumadu & Chinonso Alozie
The President-General of Ndigbo apex organisation, Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo, has charged the re-elected Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, to be magnanimous in victory, put campaign rhetorics apart and extend a hand of fellowship to his opponents.
The Ohanaeze President-General in a congratulatory message to the governor for his decisive victory also saluted the opponents for a healthy and competitive encounter.
Nwodo said the fact that all the people of Anambra State came out to vote is most commendable, adding that security personnel deserve congratulations for the secure atmosphere in which the elections were conducted.
Ohanaeze noted also that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, so far appeared transparent and must be given a pat on the back.
“I congratulate Governor Obiano for his decisive victory. I congratulate his opponents for a healthy and competitive encounter, I also congratulate Mr President for keeping to his words to ensure a free, fair and credible election”, Nwodo said
Okorocha praises Obiano
Also yesterday, chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum and Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, celebrated Willie Obiano’s victory and urged his party’s candidate, Tony Nwoye, not to go to court, just as he blamed APC for Nwoye’s failure.
Okorocha’s stand on the election was made known in a statement in Owerri by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, saying Obiano’s victory was incontrovertible.
The release read: “Imo State Governor and chairman, All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has congratulated the candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the Anambra State Governorship election, Chief Willie Obiano over his victory at the poll.
“The governor said Mr. Obiano’s victory was too clear to be contested or questioned and, therefore, advised the candidates of other political parties who took part in the election to congratulate Chief Obiano and avoid going to court to question his victory.
“Governor Okorocha also expressed regret over the loss of his party, the APC in the election and attributed the loss of his party in the election to internal wrangling and lack of genuine commitment on the part of the party’s leadership in the state.”
APC urges candidates to concede defeat
The APC yesterday also congratulated Gov. Obiano “who has been declared winner of the Anambra governorship election,” urging other candidates, including its own, Tony Nwoye, to accept the outcome of the polls.
The party’s position was contained in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
“We appeal to other candidates and parties who participated in the election to accept its outcome as a true reflection of the will of the Anambra people,” APC counselled.
APC also congratulated its candidate “Dr Tony Nwoye for his impressive performance at the election and his graciousness in conceding defeat. We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, for conducting what is regarded as a credible election, which passes the integrity test.”
I’ve closed the chapter — Obaze
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the election, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, said, yesterday, that he had closed the chapter on the election as he would not challenge the outcome in court.
Addressing reporters at his campaign office in Awka, Obaze, however, said he would not stop his party from challenging the result if it decided to do so.
He said: “There was a lot of inducement during the election. Generally, the turnout was low, but it was surprising that the turnout was high in just few places.
“That we have decided not to challenge the result does not mean that the process was faultless. I am a loyal party man and the party is supreme. If the party, however, decides to challenge the outcome of the election, so be it. But I, Oseloka Obaze, will not personally challenge it.
“I wish to congratulate His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano and his running mate, Dr. Nkem Okeke, on their victory. I wish both of them well.
“I salute my other fellow contestants for their valiant efforts and the decorum during the campaigns. Thank you for promoting peace.”
IGP hails police for professional conduct
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday,hailed personnel of the police deployed for security in the election for their professional conduct.
Idris, who expressed utmost satisfaction with his men, said their professional conduct paved way for conducive environment for a credible governorship election in the state.
The police boss, in a statement released through the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood,a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, “extolled the high level of professionalism, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts of the police personnel, before, during and after the election.
“The Nigeria Police Force equally appreciates the law-abiding attitude and peaceful conduct of the good people of Anambra State, INEC,election monitors/observers, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, the media and other critical stakeholders for a good working relationship with the security personnel deployed for the election.”