Monday, 17 March 2014

From Agulu to Aguleri...History made today As Obiano takes over from Obi (my exclusive report of today's event)


History was once more made in Anambra state as the 8years led government of Governor Peter Obi and his Deputy Mr. Emeka Sibeudu came to a resounding end with the swearing in of Chief Willie Obiano as the Governor and Dr. Nkem Okeke as the Deputy Governor of Anambra State in a well attended occasion.

During the ritual of handing over whose occasion was performed by the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Hon. Justice P. C. Umeadi, the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano pledged to protect the state and govern for the good of Ndi Anambra, stating that through actions and in-actions, the activities of the government will be in the interest of the people. Also, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Obi also pledged to support the government and ensure the smooth running of the affairs of the Anambra state.

In his speech, Mr. Peter Obi who was recently crowned the “Okwute Ndi Igbo” by the council of traditional rulers of Anambra State under the Chairmanship of HRH Igwe Achebe (Agbaogidi), noted that this is the first time in the history of Anambra state that a governor is handing over to another governor without any form of squabble, even as he noted that only agreement he has with Chief Willie Obiano is for the children of Anambra state admonishing him to work for their good and uphold all the values of the state. 

Chief Obi also called on Anambrarians to pray, love, support and work with Chief Willie Obiano so as to transform Anambra State to the state all the citizens will be proud of.

Reacting to the massive gathering of Anambra people at Ekwueme Square in Awka, the Chairman Planning Committee of the Inauguration ceremony Prince Chinedu Idigo reinstated that it was the first time in the history of Anambra State to have such witnesses to the event of handing-over to a new government from an incumbent government in the state. He also thanked Ndi Anambra for the faith and the support towards the success of the inauguration ceremony.

President Goodluck Jonathan who was represented by Senator Ndi Obi congratulated Mr. Peter Obi for a successful tenure, while reminding Chief Willie Obiano of the great work which needs to be done in the state, but maintained that Mr. Peter Obi is still a member of the Economic team of the presidency, adding that sooner; he will become a member of the Federal Executive Council. 

Dr. Jonathan enjoined Anambra to continue with the love and peace in order to move the state forward.

Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state thanked all the people who supported him during the electioneering campaigns and the eventually election as the Governor of Anambra state, urging them to rally together to build a state that other states will emulate from, being the light of the nation. On the blue print of the administration, Chief Willie Obiano noted that his government will be based on four pillars which are Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Industrialization and Security.

According to him, this will create employments and equal opportunities for the youths of Anambra state as his administration will create an operational refinery within one year in conformity to its plans before now.

The substantive Governor while extending a hand of fellowship to his political opponents from likes of Sen. Chris Ngige, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah and Tony Nwoye; implored them to work together with him for the greater good of Ndi Anambra state.
 Akpokuedike further called on his citizenry in diasporas to come home, in order to develop the state with their creativity and talents.

Also at the occasion were Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State who doubles as the Chairman of South East Governors; Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, Chief Victor Umeh, Religious leaders, traditional rulers, APGA members and the people of Anambra state.  
By Okechukwu Onuegbu

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