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Ihedioha unfolds plan for Imo * Extends olive branch to guber losers * Jobs, wealth creation his priority

The Governor-elect of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has indicated that job and wealth creation are in his priority list as soon as he takes over.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri, Capital of the state, after he was declared winner of the keenly contested position on Tuesday, Ihedioha declared. “We are going to look at institutional and infrastructure development. Fundamentally, we are going to look at areas of job and wealth creation, which will define our future.”
The governor-elect, who was the Deputy Speaker of the Housing of Representatives, restated his resolve to run an inclusive and transparent government.
According to him, he would target at giving meaning to life for the people of the state and would unite everybody.
“I want to assure that under my watch, there will be no Okigwe Zone, no Orlu Zone, no Owerri Zone. It does not matter where one comes from. Under my watch as governor of the state, we’ll try to incorporate everybody because I believe my compatriots who contested for the governorship in other political parties have ideas that would benefit the state”, he said.
He declared: “I’ll put Imo back to life. We shall get Imo working again. We shall reintroduce, in our state, a deliberate administration, and by the grace of God, get back to the basics and revive our cultural heritage to give meaning to life.
The governor-elect noted the growing youth restiveness in Imo and promised to identify areas where jobs can be created as well as work toward getting the power section to work in the state.
He said he would interface with the Federal Government in that area so as to revive the industrial sector in the state.
“We shall respect the rule of law, revive the public and civil service sector with deliberate attention to education and healthcare delivery system”, he said.
Ihedioha also pledged to pay attention to agriculture as well as exploit the huge gas reserve in the state.
Prof. Francis Otunta, the Imo State Returning Officer in Saturday, March 9, gubernatorial elections, declared Ihedioha winner of the polls. Ihedioha scored 273,404 votes to defeat 69 other candidates.
His closest rival was Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance who scored 190,364 votes while Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), scored 114,676 to come third.

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