The new Governor-elect of Anambra state, Professor Charles Soludo, has lauded the Independent National Electric Commission (INEC) for ensuring that the recently conducted gubernatorial election was free and fair. ayokinews.com reports
Soludo, was declared winner of the gubernatorial election by the INEC returning officer for Anambra state, Mrs. Florence Obi, at around 1:51am on Wednesday.
Delivering an acceptance and victory speech was Soludo, who thanked members of his family and also leaders and members of APGA for their unfailing support.
He also used the medium to pray for the repose of soul for the 3 three police officers who lost their lives when he was attacked during his governorship campaign.
Soludo, who happens to be a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), thanked the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Judiciary and the entire security agencies who ensured the smooth and peaceful conduct of the election.
He further called and urged other politics candidates to work together with him so as bring sustainable development in the state.
Soludo said: “With utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the result of the Anambra governorship election. This reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people.
“For 12 years since the massive clamour by the people of Anambra for us to serve them, we persevered till this divine moment. This is a divine journey whose time has come. To God be all the glory and adoration.
“The run-up to this election and the election itself tested the resilience and the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times, there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must ‘take or conquer Anambra by all means’. Our institutions proved again and again that this country can achieve eminent greatness when our institutions rise to the occasion.
“Aside from the initial hitches from the operations of the BVAS machines in some places, including at my polling unit, the election has been adjudged as the most peaceful, free, fair and credible. There is joy in the land. Kudos to INEC.
“To my fellow candidates in the election, I wish to congratulate you for the gallant contest. Our people have spoken overwhelmingly and surely, that voice is the voice of God. The ultimate winner is the Anambra people. We are all winners.
“I hereby extend my hand of fellowship to all of you; I need all of you to succeed. Politics aside, we are all brothers. Let’s come together for the project, Anambra. There is enough room for everyone to contribute in the service of our homeland.”