- Category: April 2011 Polls
- Published on Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:42
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President Goodluck Jonathan and the defeated governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, have congratulated the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on emerging victorious in the governorship poll concluded in the state on Friday.
Speaking through a statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, Jonathan said, “The people of Imo State have spoken through the ballot box, and it is time to forge ahead in the task of further developing the state.”
Jonathan assured the governor-elect of the Federal Government’s cooperation in the task ahead, and invited him to build on the achievements of the out-going administration.
Also, Ohakim in a statement entitled, “Imo State must move on,” admitted defeat, saying he had no intention to contest the outcome of the poll in the court.
Congratulating Okorocha, he said, “The task before all of us now as leaders is to move our state forward. The process of healing must begin now. Every leader who loves this state must help heal the scars of the election.
“I appeal to all those who have issues with the election, particularly those whose logos were omitted on the ballot to consider sheathing their swords.
“I have decided not to challenge the election in court. It is not my wish that my successor in office should suffer the distractions that were my lot for four years. Imo is bigger than all of us.”
He said he would help Okorocha in every way possible to succeed, saying that Imo must move on. (Punch)