Four months after emerging the winner of the November 18 governorship election of Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano, has taken the oath of office and pledged to do more projects for the people of the state.
Obiano also appreciated his fellow contenders in the tensed polls for showing the spirit of sportsmanship by congratulating him after the results were announced in his favour.
He also thanked the people of the state for giving him a mandate of another four years.
“I must recognise all the candidates who ran against me in the last gubernatorial election for putting up a formidable fight. They fought like true sportsmen and women and accepted the decision of the people in good fate,” he said.
The governor was filled with gratitude on Saturday amid the cheering crowd during his inauguration ceremony that took place at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital.
“Anambra people, I thank you and stand here as a product of your love for Anambra State, good governance. I am the proof that we have attained a great political maturity,” he said amid tight security.
The state’s Chief Executive also highlighted his achievements within the last four years of his first term that ends today.
He added, “We grew our GDP by One Trillion Naira in the middle of a recession and increased our Internally Generated Revenue while most status remains suspended. We suspended taxes for low-income earners and put more money in the hands of breadwinners.
“We have attracted investments and touched every community with special projects chosen by each community. We have taken back our cities and communities to the brutal hands of armed robbers and kidnappers who once made our beloved state a dread to decent people and a taboo to investors.
“We have turned the table of our enemies and our adversities into advantages. We are Nigeria’s safest state today. We have elevated governance in building roads and bridges to building lives. We are the new agricultural model for Nigeria.”
The governor clad in white agbada and a red cap to match also promised not to let the people of the state down in his second-term journey.
In doing this, however, he gave them an assurance that they would enjoy more dividends of democracy.
He stated further, “Let me assure you that the democratic garden you watered with your votes on November 18 will blossom with the flowers of progress. It will flourish to our joy and happiness and to the admiration of all Nigerians.
“We can rise together as one that when we stand together as one, we can bend the tide of destiny in our favour.”
He also lauded the efforts put in by the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, upon which platform he was given the mandate to serve his people.
Prominent personalities in attendance included the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and the National Chairman of APGA, Mr Victor Oye.
Other governors include Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Darius Ishaku of Taraba state and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
Also, traditional rulers were not left out as the Ooni of Ife, HRH Enitan Ogunwusi; Obi of Onitsha, HM Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe led the train of royal fathers.
As the official second term begins today, it is expected that developmental projects would make the state an envy of others across the country.