Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra says his victory in the governorship election does not belong to him or All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) but to all the people of Anambra.
Obiano, in his acceptance speech titled: Time to Build a New World, in Aguleri, Anambra east local government on Sunday, November 19, declared that “this sweet victory belongs to Ndi Anambra”.
“It belongs to the wheelbarrow pushers and the okada riders who have clearly seen in our recent political experience, a glimmer of light in the horizon.
“It belongs to the farmers in Ayamelum, Onono, Ogbaru, Omasi, Omor and Ufuma who have now realised that agriculture is the future of Nigeria.
“It belongs to the teachers and civil servants who have seen that a motivated workforce is the greatest asset of any government.
“It belongs to the illustrious sons and daughters of Anambra State who have seen the STAR of this great state rise in the Eastern Skies and have answered our call to bring home their naira and dollars to put our dear state on the investment map.
“This victory belongs to all of us. My dear people, this victory is not a winner takes it all.”
Obiano said “in the New Anambra of my dream, everyone is a winner.”
He urged other governorship candidates to join in building the new Anambra that the citizens would be proud of, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“I say to you; my brothers, we have all fought a good fight, but Anambra State is the WINNER.
“The interest of Anambra State is bigger than the private ambitions of anyone of us.
“Our beloved state needs our talent and our time. The time to build a better place is now.
He described the victory as “a referendum on the solid resolve of the people of Anambra to rise above average in all endeavours.
“We have demonstrated that we are indeed capable of taking charge of our lives and making difficult decisions that will brighten the future of our children.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we shall continue to lay the building blocks for a prosperous tomorrow for all.
“This mandate is dear to my heart. I see it as a historic call to inspire my people to greatness. I see it as a call to deny myself sleep that my people might sleep better.
“I will not give myself rest until our beloved state has fully assumed the status of the model state of Nigeria. This is my promise to you all.”
He said the victory did not come by chance but the final product of the combined efforts of brilliant men and women who sacrificed their comfort to ensure that Anambra’s steady march to progress was not derailed.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for proving to the people of Anambra that under his watch, democracy would have deeper roots in Nigeria.
“Mr President promised us a free and fair election. Today, we can all see that he has kept his promise.’’
He thanked INEC for conducting a transparent election in Anambra, stressing that with this election, the commission had shown that it was prepared for the 2019 elections.
Obiano commended the security operatives whose alertness ensured that the will of the people was not thwarted.
The governor said “my team and I shall never fail you” and urged the people to prepare for the speedy transformation of Anambra into a prosperous sub-national entity in the next four years.
“We have stepped into our finest hour. Our journey into greatness is now assured.
“We are ready and willing to work with anyone who has something to share that will make Anambra State great.
‘’We are open to new ideas, new visions of society and a new hope,’’ he declared.
Meanwhile, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated the people of Anambra state for the peace that occasioned the Anambra state gubernatorial election.
Atiku in a message on twitter on Sunday, November 19, said the true winners of the election conducted in the state was the Anambra people.
He expressed the hope that those who lost in the poll will join hands with the winner to build the state.