Ihedioha (file photo)
By Valentine Amanze
The former governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has congratulated the governor-elect of Anambra State, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, stressing that his emergence was a triumph of resilience and democracy.
Ihedioha, in a statement issued by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, also commended the doggedness of Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, despite daunting challenges and distractions.
“It is with gladness that I profoundly felicitate with my brother, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, on his hard earned victory as the governor-elect of Anambra State.
“In the same vein, I am gratified and indeed salute the doggedness of Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, candidate of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who despite daunting challenges and distractions, led our party formidably.
“Worthy of commendation is the resilience of the electorate – Ndi Anambra – who resisted efforts to compromise their conscience and unequivocally expressed their preference for their choice candidate,” he said.
The former governor pointed out that the outcome of the Anambra State governorship election had proven that power belonged to God and dispensed at the pleasure and for the good of the people.
According to him, “Many of us keenly followed the processes of this election and I daresay that our democratic process is indeed improving. May I therefore, commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the introduction of Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) and urge them to improve on it and other innovations to ensuring a more credible process.”
Ihedioha said that Soludo’s victory was not for Anambrarians alone, but for the South East region and democracy, while praising the various security agencies for their highly professional conduct throughout the process.
Besides, he advised Soludo to be magnanimous in victory and reach out to his co-contestants for the good of the state.