By Ruth Oginyi
Governors of Southeast Nigeria have hailed the Anambra state governor-elect Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo on his victory in the November 6th and 9th governorship election in the state.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of Southeast Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi.
The forum urged the governor-elect to drop party politics as the election is over and provide quality leadership to the people of Anambra.
The governors commended stakeholders of the zone including counsel to the self-acclaimed leader of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu for aborting the sit-at-home order by the pro-Biafra group in the zone and noted that Ndigbo will work together for a political solution in handling the present situation in region.
It further said they shall be writing to request an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari on the matters that concerns Ndigbo to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the region.
The statement read, “We congratulate Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo on his victory in the just-concluded Anambra governorship election.
“Congratulate all other candidates that participated in the election for their efforts and peaceful conduct during and after the election. I believe that God rules in the affairs of men.
“The Forum urges Prof. Soludo to please extend healing and loving hands to all the candidates in the election so that together, you will continue to contribute to the progress of the state from where His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano would stop.
“After every election, party politics should be left to political parties while good governance takes the centre stage for the good of the people.
“May I also congratulate one of us, Governor Willie Obiano for a successful governorship election in Anambra state. God has ordained you to finish strong and well.
“Testimonies available on the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the election speak greatly of their excellent job. Let me, therefore congratulate the commission for both a great job and their courage in conducting the election.
“We are grateful to all security chiefs and their men for their excellent job in the conduct of the election. From available accounts, they all played their roles excellently within their rules of engagement. This has unarguable boosted the public confidence in our security system.
“Our gratitude goes to all our religious leaders, our political leaders, our traditional fathers, many stakeholders of South East, and Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer for their efforts in ensuring that the sit-at-home order and threats against holding the election were aborted. I believe that with the same spirit, we will work together for a political solution in handling our present situation in South East.
“We thank Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, so much for his efforts and neutrality in the success of the Anambra election. Mr. President, this is just you and you have once again demonstrated that you are a true democrat with a great commitment to bequeath to the nation an impeccable electoral process. Thank you for the security agencies, INEC officials, and the safety of our people during and after the election.
“Mr. President, please, as a follow-up to your presidential delegation to South-East this year on the solution to the situation of South-East, may we inform you that we South-East leaders have been working so hard for an amicable solution. All leaders of South-East strongly wish to present to Mr. President, some suggestions for a possible political solution over our present situation.
“After Our next meeting, we shall be writing to request an appointment with Mr. President on this matter. We thank you Mr. President for your kind disposition to listen to our leaders for a possible amicable resolution of all contending issues in the South-East”.