Anambra Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo on Friday promised not to disappoint the people of the state who gave him the support and mandate in the Nov. 6 governorship election.
He said the efforts and sacrifice of the people of Anambra would not be in vain, as he will justify the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stated this while receiving his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Awka.
The certificate was presented to Soludo and his Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr Onyeka Ibezim by the INEC National Commissioner Supervising Anambra, Mr Festus Okoye.
Soludo said, “Initially, there were tensed moments but this election happened in a unique way and we dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra who believed and gave us their mandate.
“We will never take for granted the resilience, commitments and actions of the various federal institutions that worked so hard to see us to this day.
“I won’t fail to mention the Presidency, security agencies and INEC for insisting on a level playing field as well as the judiciary for standing on the path of integrity.
“I believe that a sound and credible electoral system is foundational to having an accountable, responsive and developmental state.
“So, I believe that INEC is getting better by the day. I also believe that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation system (BVAS), deployed, if refined, will give us that desired Eldorado in our electoral system.”
INEC Resident Commissioner in Anambra, Dr Nwachukwu Orji said that the commission had done its best to deliver credible election and also promoted the image of INEC.
Orji who was represented by Mr Chima Duruaku, Administrative Secretary of INEC, commended the people of Anambra for the maturity displayed before, during and after the election.
“The calming of the storm that was raging very hard was divine and on human level, the commission was resolute to put in a lot sacrifice, efforts and innovation to deliver.
“The support of the security agencies, the National Youth Service Corps and the military contributed to the success that we celebrate today.
“We also commended the peaceful conduct of political parties inspite of the doomsday prediction and the singular resolve by the Anambra people that the election must be done, ” he said.
INEC National Commissioner Supervising Anambra, Okoye, said the ceremony signified that the governor and deputy governor-elect won the Nov.6 governorship election in Anambra.
Okoye promised that the commission would audit the conduct of the election and utilised the lessons to improve on the next set elections.
He appreciated the security agencies, NYSC and the Media for their support as well as the people of Anambra for their firm believe in democracy and for guarding their votes through vigilance and mandate protection.
Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, polled a total of 112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second.