Owerri - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo and winner
of Saturday’s governorship election has extended a hand of fellowship to
his opponents for a better state.
Speaking at a thanksgiving service organised by his supporters in his
honour at the Victory Chapel Church in the Government House, Owerri on
Sunday, Okorocha expressed appreciation to God and to all who
contributed to his success story in his four years as governor.
He thanked the people of Imo for their overwhelming support at the polls which according to him led to his victory.
He described his victory as a victory for the people irrespective of political affiliations.
Okorocha urged his opponents to accept the outcome of the election and to join him to make the state better.
He noted that all his campaign promises for the 2011 election had
been fulfilled, promising to improve on his services to the state in the
next four years.
The governor said he was not in governance to amass wealth but to serve God and humanity, expaining that within four years, he was able to tackle insecurity, kidnapping and armed robbery in the state and created an enabling environment for businesses.
"Four years ago, insecurity resulting from kidnapping and armed
robbery, among others was the order of the day in Imo but today the
situation has changed.
"In the next four years, my first focus remains education, second is industry and third is tourism.
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"We will develop tourist sites to generate revenue for the state; to build industries that will create jobs for the Imo youths," he said.
Okorocha said he is in the business of governance to leave a legacy and make a difference.
He described the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari as a man of vision and called on Nigerians to support him
Okorocha was declared
winner and returned elected on Sunday by the INEC Returning Officer in
Imo, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe.
Okorocha emerged winner after the collation of results of the re-run governorship election in 259 polling units in the state.
INEC had after the April 11 elections declared the Imo election
inconclusive because of some cancellations in some wards in 23 local
government areas of the state.
The result released by INEC in Owerri showed that Okorocha, the APC
candidate, polled a total of 416,996 votes while his closest rival, Hon.
Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP polled 320,705 votes.
Meanwhile, it was celebration galore in Owerri and its environs as
APC supporters trouped out to celebrate the victory of the party.
The celebration caused traffic snarls on major roads and streets in
Owerri, especially around the Government House Roundabout by Okigwe
There were also displays by tricycle riders while APC faithful
carried brooms, the symbol of the party, as part of the celebration.