The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship candidate in the Nov. 6 election in Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo on Friday received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the state Governor-Elect.
The NAN in a report said the INEC National Commissioner Supervising Anambra, Mr Festus Okoye, presented the certificate to Soludo in Awka.
The Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, also received his Certificate of Return at the same the event.
In his remarks, Soludo promised not to disappoint the people of the state who gave him the support and mandate in the Nov. 6 election.
According to him, the efforts and sacrifice of people of Anambra will not be in vain, as he promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state.
“Initially, there were tensed moments, but this election happened in a unique way and we dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra who believed and gave us their mandate.
“We will never take for granted the resilience, commitments and actions of the various federal institutions that worked so hard to see us to this day,’’ he assured them.
Soludo commended the Presidency, security agencies and INEC for insisting on a level playing field as well as the judiciary for standing on the path of integrity.
“I believe that a sound and credible electoral system is foundational to having an accountable, responsive and developmental state.
“So, I believe that INEC is getting better by the day.
“I also believe that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation system (BVAS) deployed, if refined, will give us that desired Eldorado in our electoral system,’’ he added.
In his remarks, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, INEC Resident Commissioner in Anambra, said the commission had done its best to deliver credible election and also promoted the image of INEC.
Orji, represented by Mr Chima Duruaku, the Administrative Secretary of INEC, commended the people of Anambra for the maturity displayed before, during and after the election.
“The calming of the storm that was raging very hard was divine and on human level, the commission was resolute to put in a lot of sacrifice, efforts and innovation to deliver.
“The support of the security agencies, the National Youth Service Corps and the military contributed to the success that we celebrate today.
“We also commended the peaceful conduct of political parties in spite of the doomsday prediction and the singular resolve by the Anambra people that the election must be done,’’ he said.