Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State is thanking Anambra people for massively voting for the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the April 11 State House of Assembly Election
| By Maureen Chigbo | Apr. 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT |
WILLIE Obiano, governor of Anambra State, is happy for the massive support Anambra people gave the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the just concluded State House of Assembly election. Obiano on Wednesday, April 15, thanked the people for enabling his party to make a clean sweep of 26 of the 30 constituency seats in the legislative chamber of Anambra State.
In a statewide broadcast entitled: Ndi Anambra, Dalu nu!, Obiano expressed gratitude to the people for demonstrating a powerful resolve to join hands with one another to lay the foundation for a prosperous Anambra State.
In voting massively for APGA, you “rose as one people to affirm the words of the Anambra Anthem which say that ‘… In togetherness, we will build a land of progress,” Obiano said.
Quoting Eric Hofer, American writer and thinker, who once observed that “the only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape it,” Obiano said: “in voting massively for APGA in last Saturday’s election, you have graciously handed to me and Nkem Okeke, the power to shape the future of Anambra State. You have massively renewed, re-invigorated and re-validated the sacred mandate you gave to us to build a better state for you…and we shall not fail you. Ndi Anambra we shall not let you down! Ndi b’anyi, oga adili unu mma o!”
However, the governor castigated some people in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, who allegedly manipulated the results of the National Assembly election in the state, which he said, was won by APGA.
He said: “The voting patterns and the overall results have shown that APGA actually swept all the three senatorial seats in the state but the outcome was manipulated to give temporary victory to PDP. And today, I say to those who are gloating over their stolen mandates – ‘don’t rejoice for too long, because this injustice shall not stand!’
“Ndi Anambra, we have resolved that those, who rob us in the dead of the night shall not have the liberty to enjoy their spoils in the light of day. We have assembled a mountain of evidence to deny them that un-merited happiness. Ndi Anambra, we shall re-possess those stolen mandates!”
The governor further observed that the PDP figures had made a similar attempt to thwart the will of the people in the House of Assembly elections but failed woefully. He, therefore, urged the people to turn out as usual and cast their votes in the elections re-scheduled in four constituencies on Saturday this week in Ekwusigo, Anaocha 1 and 2 and Aguata 1.
On the re-scheduled election, Obiano assured that he would do anything within his power to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election, urging the people to “rise to the challenge of ensuring that the constitutional rights of our people to decide who should represent them in the legislative assembly is not tampered with.”
“To my good people of Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata, I assure you that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the candidates of your choice emerge victorious on Saturday. Although I have no doubt that our great party, APGA, will sweep the four seats in contention, I wish to assure Ndi Anambra as the chief security officer of this great state, that the contest will be free, fair and peaceful. I have the assurances of INEC and all the service commanders in this state that the process will be free of the challenges that led to the cancellation of the exercise last weekend,” he said.
Obiano quoted Werner Erhard, arguing that, “we create our future from our future, not our past.” He said urging all the people of Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata to play a role in creating a brighter future for themselves.