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Governors Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and Governor-elect Ahmed Ododo of Kogi received a warm reception from President Bola Tinubu on Friday, as they visited to share the joy of their electoral success on November 11.
After the meeting, Uzodinma briefed State House Correspondents, explaining that their visit was to keep the president informed about their successes and express sincere gratitude for his continuous support.
‘As the leader of the party, we came to meet with our president in respect of the victory the party had at the polls in Imo and Kogi.’
‘The elections were an affirmation that the people have identified the quality leadership that the All Progressive Congress has been offering them.’
‘The victory is also an affirmation of the acceptance of the leadership style of Mr President in the last few months of the administration.’
‘By the victory of the APC in both Imo and Kogi states, Nigerians have demonstrated that the Tinubu administration would be given the needed support to succeed,’ Uzodinma said.
He affirmed that the triumph of the APC in the state would be mirrored by substantial development and programs prioritizing the welfare of the people throughout his upcoming four-year tenure.
Commending the residents of Imo, the governor expressed gratitude for their support and solidarity during the polls, promising to reciprocate their trust with expanded dividends of democracy.
In a similar vein, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi conveyed that the support garnered by the APC in the state would lead to increased development and an enhancement of living standards for the people.
He assured that the governor-elect would swiftly commence efforts to propel Kogi to new heights, emphasizing his stance as the outgoing governor to refrain from interfering in the new governor’s administration.
‘As Gov. Yahaya Bello nobody dictated to me. I carried my cross and I believe the same thing would happen to Ahmed Usman Ododo as a governor.’
‘I will not interfere in the government and he also has to carry his own cross just as I did.’
‘What I will assure the people of Kogi is that they have a competent person to rule them and I have full confidence in his ability to govern well.’
‘The state will have a smooth transition into an efficient administration,’ he said.
The incoming governor, Ododo, provided assurance that his administration would oversee a smooth transition from Bello’s impactful initiatives, ushering in a new and improved era for all the people of the state.
Stating a commitment to unity, he assured that the active participation of all stakeholders would be prioritized in the continuous endeavor to develop the state.