Re-elected Governor of Anambra State Willie Obiano has received his certificate of return after his landslide victory in Saturday’s governorship election.
The certificate of return was given to the governor on Wednesday by state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
In presenting the certificate of return to the governor, the Resident Electoral Commissioner urged the governor to live up to expectations and continue to develop the state.
According to him, INEC has played its part by conducting the election and it is now up to the governor to increase the value of votes by keeping his campaign promises.
Mr Obiano had arrived at the INEC headquarters around 10 am in company with his wife, the Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke, and many of his supporters and top officials.
The former Nationa Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Chairman of the Willie Obiano Re-election Committee, Victor Umeh, and several traditional rulers and party chieftains were also at the INEC headquarters to witness the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the people of Anambra State, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, election observers as well as security agencies on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
According to the president, “the processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing.”
He particularly expressed delight at the conduct of the candidates post-election results, describing it as “heart-warming and a renewal of confidence in the sanctity of the ballot which deepens our nation’s democracy.”
Buhari urged INEC to improve on areas of logistics as the nation braces for coming governorship elections and the main general elections in 2019.
The president, while congratulating Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election, urged him to rededicate himself to building on his achievements that endeared him to the electorate and swayed the overwhelming majority of votes in his favour.
Mr. Buhari assured the governor-elect that the Federal Government is ready to work with him for the greater harmony, peace and development of not only Anambra State but the entire country.
He wished the returning governor a successful new term in office.