The Anambra State governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo and the deputy governor-elect, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, have received their certificates of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
INEC’s National Commissioner Supervising Anambra, Mr Festus Okoye, presented the certificate to the duo on Friday at the state headquarters of the commission in Awka, Anambra State.
Okoye also promised that the commission would audit the conduct of the election and utilise the lessons to improve on the next set elections.
Speaking, Soludo said, “Initially, there were tense moments but this election happened in a unique way and we dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra who believed and gave us their mandate.
“We will never take for granted the resilience, commitment and actions of the various federal institutions that worked so hard to see us to this day.
“I won’t fail to mention the presidency, security agencies and INEC for insisting on a level playing field, as well as the judiciary for standing on the path of integrity.
“I believe that a sound and credible electoral system is foundational to having an accountable, responsive and developmental state.
“I believe that INEC is getting better by the day. I also believe that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, if refined, will give us that desired Eldorado in our electoral system.”
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, in his remarks said the commission had done its best to deliver credible election and also promoted the image of INEC.
Orji who was represented by Mr Chima Duruaku, Administrative Secretary of INEC, commended the people of Anambra for the maturity displayed before, during and after the election.