The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, has congratulated Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state over his re-election in the Saturday off-cycle governorship poll in the state.
Mr Ganduje also expressed happiness with the support exhibited by the electorate in Kogi state in electing Ahmed Ododo in the state governorship poll.
The APC national chairman, in a statement by his spokesman, Edwin Olofu, remarked that the electoral feats of Messrs Uzodimma and Ododo show that Nigerians are at home with the APC.
Mr Ganduje also said the victory by the APC in both states underlines the fact that the citizenry is appreciative of the delivery of democracy dividends by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state and the outgoing Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello.
“What gladdens me about the victory of the APC in both Kogi and Imo state is that Nigerians are appreciative of good governance and they want continuity in peace and sustainable growth in their states,” he said.
“As a progressive party, we will always live up to our promises to deliver good governance. The people of Imo and Kogi state can be rest assured that Uzodinma would sustain his developmental strides in the state while Ododo would consolidate the enviable legacies of Governor Yahaya Bello.”
While congratulating both Messrs Uzodimma and Ododo over their victories, the party chairman urged the members of the opposition political parties in both states to accept their defeat in good faith.
He noted: “You are true democrats. The truth is that we are all winners at the end of the day. Without a viable opposition, there won’t be contestations and democracy. I urge you to join hands with Governor Hope Uzodinma and the incoming governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Usman Ododo in the task of moving your respective states forward.
“You all fought a good battle. As the saying goes, there will always going to be another chance to test your level of acceptability among the electorates.”