Daily Champion (Lagos)

22 February 2010

Nigeria: Anambra - Archbishop, Ooni, Esimai Commend INEC

Awka — ARCHBISHOP Maxwell Anikwenwa of the Anglican Communion, Ooni of Ife , Oba Okunade Sijuwade and the Traditional ruler of Ohita, Dr. Nelson Esimai have all differently said that Governor Peter Obi's re-election in Anambra State was the will of God.

On his part, the Anglican bishop of Awka and Archbishop of Province on the Niger, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa described the emergence of Gov. Peter Obi as the choice of the people of the state.

Archbishop Anikwenwa also commended the people of Anambra State and INEC for the peaceful conduct of the election.

His words: "We must first give thanks to the Lord for the conduct of the elections. No lives were lost. There were few serious breaches of peace. Despite widely-acclaimed lapses, INEC must be commended for noticeable improvements in executing its primary responsibility towards conducting free, fair and credible election."

He urged the governor to be magnanimous in victory and continue to be a father to everybody.

While praying to God to strengthen, protect and guide the governor, he invited the people of the State to join hands with him in tackling the daunting problems facing the State.

As well , Oba Sijuwade has expressed satisfaction with the last gubernatorial election in Anambra State describing it as fair and better than what the nation witnessed in the past. He said this in a congratulatory letter to Gov. Obi.

Describing Obi's election as the will of God, which nobody could have stopped, he called for the emulation of Anambra's exemplary conduct which he said would see to the nation become great again while wishing Gov. Obi a continued glorious year, he urged him to continue serving the people of the state in humility and honesty.

On their own, the South East Council of Traditional rulers has expressed gratitude to God for the emergence of Obi as the governor of Anambra State.

Part of their letter signed by the Chairman of the Council, Eze C.I. Ilomuanya says: "When it all started, some people erroneously believed that your second coming as the Executive Governor of Anambra State was a mere dream. But to those of us in the Council who appreciate your tremendous sense of humility, sterling leadership qualities and penchant for hard work and excellence in service, we held tenaciously to our belief that light will certainly triumph over darkness. Alas, we have been vindicated by the choice of Anambrarians in Your Excellency as their Governor for the second consecutive time, thus breaking the over three decades' jinx."

Also , the traditional ruler of Ohita, Dr. Nelson Esimai has lauded Gov. Obi's giant strides in development, insisting that that was what made the people of Anambra State to re-elect him.

Describing Obi as the best performing Governor, in his congratulatory message, he said: "Never since the inception of Nigeria as an Independent State has a Governor performed the wonders you have achieved in Anambra State in the past four years through ANIDS. You are now the reference point for anyone who wants to be a Governor."

Speaking on similar note, HRH, Igwe Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu said Obi deserved his victory. His words: "You did not work for the victory but deserved it because of your massive development of the State benefited greatly from your landmark developmental projects and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve even more as you get set to unleash your new programmes on the State."

He said that God would keep blessing the Governor for his developmental projects in the State. That would stand Anambra out in the comity of States.

The Igwe of Ogbunike, HRH, John Umenyiora also congratulated Governor Obi for re-election. He describes it thus: "your re-election into great office is fortuitous, well deserved and indeed, divinely ordained for the advancement of the people of our State as well as the impact development of all the communities therein."

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