Imo residents have hailed the victory of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Emeka Ihedioha, at the just-concluded governorship elections in the state.
DAILY POST reports that Ihedioha, candidate of the PDP in the March 9 governorship polls in Imo, was declared winner of the election by Francis Otonta, Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 12 at the collation centre in Owerri.
Reacting, Imo residents urged him to justify the people’s support by putting their needs first.
The residents celebrating the victory, pulled down campaign paraphernalia of Nwosu, the runner-up.
A 33-year-old trader, Ihuoma Chieke, who spoke to NAN urged the governor-elect to ensure he fufill his campaign promises, especially those affecting the women and youth of the state.
Mrs Rose Agomuo, a pensioner, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she was delighted with the outcome of the elections.
According to her, Ihedioha should remember that he has been elected to serve the people and not to see the position as an avenue to amass wealth or become a tyrant.
Agomuo urged Ihedioha to pay attention to payment of pensions, fixing of drains and roads, putting in place better health, education and transportation systems and generally, making Imo more habitable for residents.
Similarly, Charles Nwaehujor, a teacher, said that Ihedioha’s victory was a welcome development because of his political experience.
According to Nwaehujor, Ihedioha as a career politician, is better equipped to handle the “political intricacies of the state”.
He urged him not to toe the line of his predecessors who disappointed people of the state as soon as they were elected into office.
Paul Iwuh, a civil servant, described his victory as equitable, while noting that any other outcome would have been unfair to Owerri zone and its people.
Iwuh commended the electorate for voting their choice and doing all they could to ensure they were not shortchanged.
Another civil servant, Emeka Eze, commended INEC for ensuring the true results of the election were announced and for frustrating attempts at rigging the elections.