By Chukwudi Ikpe
Spontaneous reactions have continued to trial the emergence of former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the next governor of Imo State.
Prominent Imolites who bared their minds on the outcome of the guber polls expressed optimism for good governance.
A media consultant and former chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Imo State, Chief Fidel Onyeneke described Ihedioha’s emergence as a ‘every good thing for Imo State’.
He noted that Ihedioha got massive support of Imolites, adding that “the election was very peaceful and Imo people came out enmass to cast their votes.
Chief Onyeneke also noted that “Owerri people have been itching for this, which is right, and God has done it for them”.
He, however, called on the incoming governor to regard the entire Imo as his home, carry everyday along and run an all inclusive government.
The media expert also deserved that “people are not happy with the policies of the out-going government and advised the new governor to take good care of pensioners, civil servant, health and educational sector as well as reconcile all the aggrieved people and groups.
He equally advised the new governor to work with technocrats and professionals and to follow due process, adding that “people should not distract Ihedioha as he takes off.”
Also speaking, the re-elected member, representing Mbaitoli Ikeduru Federal constituency, Hon. Herry Nwawuba expressed excitement saying, “this will restore the dignity of Imo.”
He denied any election malpractice by PDP saying, “we went to the people and campaigned, there was no vote buying by PDP”
Hon. Nwawuba expressed optimism that Ihedioha will work hard to harness all potentials of Imo State.
In his own reaction, the governorship candidate of the United People’s Party (UPP). Hon. Tony Nwulu, said that Ihedioha’s victory is in line with God’s plan for Imo.
He congratulated Ihedioha and promised to throw his full support behind the governor-elect to help him fulfil the mandate given to him by the masses.
Nwulu charged Ihedioha not to relent in meeting the expectations of Imolites.
In an interview with Christian Voice, the Deputy Director-General, Ihedioha campaign Organisation, Mr. Nneji Nzewuihe, remarked that the mood everywhere including the trees and the birds testify that Ihedioha’s victory is a welcome development.
According to him, it was like making something that seemed impossible, possible Nzewuihe said that the new governor will be faced with erroneous work and challenges but expressed optimism that he will succeed.
“Ihedioha will correct abuses of the rule of law, restore Imo LGA’s , run a transparent government and usher in real free education,” Nzewuihe said.
Also speaking with Christian Voice, the President-General of Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA, Deacon Chuma Okwuodu said that, “it is a new dawn in Imo State. God has answered the prayers of Owerri Zone”.
The governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Dr. Edwin Uche, said that Ihedioha’s emergence is “a good one for Ndi Imo. It is a liberation election liberating Ndi Imo”.
He expressed optimism for a good, quality, sincere and committed leadership.
Dr. Uche advised the new governor to maintain sincerity and work with the best hands to reduce poverty and better the life of Imolites.
Meanwhile, the Governor-elect, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has promised to restore good governance in Imo State.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday morning after being declared winner of the Imo guber polls, Ihedioha promised to return Imo back to sanity.
“I feel happy, fulfilled and believe God has answered our prayers. The rule of law will be respected and we will ran a transparent system”, Ihedioha said.
Howerver, his closest rival in the governorship election and candidate of Action Alliance (AA), Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has rejected the result of the election.