Abdullahi GandeNational Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on his re-election in the governorship election on Saturday.
Ganduje’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Edwin Olofu, in Abuja.
He also expressed happiness over the overwhelming support shown by the Kogi State electorate in electing Ahmed Ododo in the state governorship election.
He said the feats achieved by Messrs Uzodinma and Ododo reinforced the fact that Nigerians felt at home with the APC.
He added that the victory of the APC in both states underlined the fact that the citizenry was appreciative of the dividends of democracy by Governor Uzodinma of Imo State and outgoing Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
“What makes me happy about the APC victory in Kogi and Imo states is that Nigerians appreciate good governance and want continued peace and sustainable growth in their states.
“As a progressive party, we will always deliver on our promises to achieve good governance.
“The people of Imo and Kogi States can rest assured that Uzodimma will maintain his strides in the development of the state, while Ododo will cement the enviable legacy of Governor Bello,” he said.
Ganduje also urged members of opposition political parties to accept their defeat in good faith.
“You are true democrats. The truth is that we are all winners at the end of the day; Without a viable opposition, there will be no contests or democracy.
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“I urge you to join Uzodimma and the incoming governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, in moving your respective states forward.
“You all fought a good fight, as the saying goes, there will always be another opportunity to test your level of acceptability among the electorate,” the APC national chairman said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uzodinma polled 540,308 votes to defeat his closest rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Samuel Anyanwu, who polled 71,503 votes to come second.
Labor Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate Athan Achonu came third with 64,081 votes.
Ododo won the Kogi State gubernatorial election with 446,237 votes, defeating his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who got 259,052 votes, while Dino Melaye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won 46,362 votes. (YAYA)