Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi: I am happy I did not win by phoney votes
The Enugu State governor-elect, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has extended hand of fellowship to members of the opposition parties who contested with him in the Saturday's governorship election.
Ugwuanyi called on them to join hands with him in moving the State forward.
The governor-elect, while delivering his acceptance speech at a ceremony in Enugu Tuesday, said he was overwhelmed by the unflinching support of the people of the state for him.
He said that he was particularly happy that the voters in the state chose him as their next governor in an election that was “widely acknowledged as transparent and credible, devoid of any moral burden or legitimacy crisis.”
Ugwuanyi won landslide in the election.
He reaffirmed commitment to continuing with the developmental programmes of Governor Sullivan Chime whom he said had laid a solid foundation for the socio-economic development of the State.
The governor-elect promised to carry on with the legacy of Chime's four-point agenda and also introduce his own four-point agenda which includes Employment generation, Social Services and Good governance, rural development, security and justice.
“I appreciate those who contested against me both in the party primary and general election; I also recognize the support of the 22 political parties that endorsed me and I invite them to come and join me in moving the State forward because there is work to be done,' he said.
For him, it is very gratifying that Enugu State people across all persuasions rallied round to see to his election.
According to him, “I want to tender my heartfelt gratitude to the people of Enugu State, I salute the commitment and sacrifice of the ordinary Enugu men and women both at home and in the Diaspora towards the actualization of this victory.
“In particular I want to pay a special tribute to the people's governor Sullivan Chime for his great and heroic roles in making this feat possible”.
He further expressed appreciation to elder statesmen and former governors Ken Nnamani, Jim Nwobodo, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chimaroke Nnamani, Alison Madueke and Anthony Oguguo.
“I am happy that you have resoundly chosen me as your next governor but for me it is even more important and heart warming that my election has been widely acknowledged as transparent and credible”, he added.
“I must appreciate the electorate who defied rain and sunshine to ensure that their votes counted. They are the true heroes of our democracy and will be surely rewarded with good governance,” he further said.
According to him, democracy only qualifies to be seen as government of the people and for the people when the electorate holds the franchise to making and dethroning their leaders.
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