Ihedioha promises to revive LG administration in Imo
I’ll address issues raised by those who didn’t vote for me —Ikpeazu

By Anayo Okoli, Chinonso Alozie & Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU—INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday issued Certificates of Return to governors-elect in the southeast geopolitical zone. These included Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and Chief Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State. House of Assembly members-elect across the five states in the southeast also got their Certificates of Return.


In Enugu, the certificate of return was presented to Ugwuanyi by INEC National Commissioner,  Festus Okoye.

Others who received Certificates of Return in Enugu were the Deputy Governor-elect, Cecilia Ezeilo,   and all the 24 members-elect of the State House of Assembly in the March 9th election.

The commission had earlier on 10th March 2019, declared Governor Ugwuanyi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the 2019 governorship election in the state.

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Speaking at the event, Ugwuanyi assured the people of Enugu that they would continue to enjoy peace and unity in the state during his second tenure.

Ugwuanyi also pledged to continue to engage all parties as his administration would continue to operate the transparent government for the general progress of the state.

He also vowed to continue to  serve with fear of God, adding that “Enugu State would continue to be   in hand of God.”


Ihedioha promises to revive LG administration inImo

In Owerri, Imo State Governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday assured the people of the state that he would revive the local government system in the state.

Ihedioha spoke at the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Owerri, while receiving his certificate of return from the National Commissioner supervising Imo, Abia and Ebonyi, Okey Ibeanu.

Speaking after he received his certificate of return, Ihedioha said that as part of his plan for the state, the local government would be given maximum attention to allow rural dwellers to participate in governance.

He also said that in the discharge of his policies and programmes, he would ensure that peace is maintained.

The governor-elect also promised to work with the judiciary system to achieve justice for the oppressed in the state.

According to him, “I want to put it on record that we had a good election in our state. I salute the INEC  officials and security agencies because you acted with a sense of courage and discipline.

“For all intents and purposes, the Imo State election recorded huge success. I want to thank you for doing a great job. For my brothers and sisters who have been elected along with me, I want to assure you that under our watch, we shall run a responsible government. Under our watch, we shall observe an independent legislative arm of the government.

“Under our watch, democracy shall be practised as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We shall work hand in hand with the judiciary to ensure that justice is practised in our dear state.”


I’ll address issues raised by those who didn’t vote for me  —Ikpeazu

Also in Umuahia, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, issued Certificates of Return to Abia Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, his Deputy, Ude Okechukwu and all the members-elect of the Abia State House of Assembly following their victory in the last elections.

Giving them the certificates at the INEC headquarters in Umuahia, INEC National Commissioner, in charge of South East, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu congratulated the electorate in Abia for choosing their preferred candidates and congratulated the winners.

In his remarks, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said he dedicated their victory to God and thanked Abians for the privilege given them to serve them for the next four years and assured that he would not disappoint Abians.

Ikpeazu promised to look at the issues raised by those who did not vote for him in order to give Abians the best and restated his commitment to serve the people of the state especially the common people and work hard to leave the state better.

He commended INEC in the state for conducting what he called the freest election in the country and the security agencies for ensuring peace throughout the polls and after.




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