Senate President Godswill Akpabio has congratulated Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo on his victory at the November 11 gubernatorial election in the state.
In his congratulatory message on Sunday in Abuja, Mr Akpabio commended Mr Uzodinma for his resilience and commitment to genuine democratic practices, saying good governance had triumphed over propaganda.
“This victory is an affirmation by Ndi Imo of your sterling leadership qualities and confirmation of your outstanding performance and delivery of the dividends of democracy to the people.
“It is also an indication that our great party, the APC, is firmly established in the South-East and accepted by the good people of the region.
“This explains why despite threats, attempted strikes, and manipulated blackmail from enemies of your people, God took control,’’ Mr Akpabio stated.
He also commended INEC for refusing to cave in to blackmail and for conducting a free and fair election.
“I also commend security agencies for keeping troublemakers at bay and for ensuring peaceful conduct during the polls.
“I urge Governor Uzodinma to be magnanimous in victory by extending his hands of fellowship to his contestants.
“He should also regard his re-election as a renewed mandate to build on the foundations he already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Imo,’’ Mr Akpabio stated.
Mr Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 540,308 votes to defeat 17 other candidates in the election.
The first runner-up, Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 71,503 votes.