Owerri - The people of Imo have charged Governor Rochas Okorocha to revive local government councils in the state in his second term in office.
Reacting to Okorocha’s victory at the April 25 supplementary election in the state, the people said it was imperative that the councils were repositioned to bring the dividends of democracy to them.
In separate interview in Owerri, the residents also appealed to the governor to ensure that free and qualitative education was sustained in the state.
They also urged him to reinstate the 10,000 youths recently sacked, who were employed during Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s tenure.
Issiah Durugo, a businessman, expressed gratitude to God that there was no crisis throughout the election in the state.
He advised those who lost during the election not to go to court but to accept defeat in good faith, saying that the outcome was the wish of the people.
Durugo said that the conduct of the election was free and fair.
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Also reacting, Uche Iheakanwa, the President of South East Movement for Change, said that his joy knew no bounds because of the victory of Okorocha at the polls.
Iheakanwa charged the returning governor to continue to demonstrate visionary leadership and carry out people-oriented programmes that would better the lives of the masses and take the state to greater heights.
Speaking on the election, Eric Nwanom, the Director General of Science and Technology at the Government House in Owerri, described the election outcome as a swift victory that came with precision in spite of odds.
He said the victory came because of the confidence the people had in the governor.
"The people of Imo did it in 2011 and have repeated it in 2015. It is my belief that the governor will fulfill his numerous campaign promises," Nwanom said.
He called on the opposition to accept the olive branch extended to them by the governor and work together to take Imo to the next level.
In his reaction, Macdonald Ogu, a social commentator, urged Okorocha to continue his free education policy.
He urged the governor to look into the issues raised by his opponents during the campaign, including repositioning local government councils to impact on the lives of the people at the grassroots.
Pastor Chukwudiebube Chinedu implored the governor to reinstate the 10,000 youths he sacked who were employed by former governor Ohakim.
He also urged the governor to improve on the environmental sanitation of the state and fulfill his promises of job creation.
Nze Callistus Chinedu, an APC chieftain, described Okorocha’s victory as signifying the confidence reposed in him by the people.
He called on his opponents to join hands with him to take the state to greater heights.