Otti Congratulates Winners of Nov 11 Guber Polls in Imo, Bayelsa, Kogi

Urges Uzodinma, Douye, Ododo to Be Magnanimous in Victory

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Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has put aside partisanship as he congratulated Hope Uzodinma, Douye Diri and Usman Ododo for  emerging victorious in the offcycle governorship elections held in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi States on November 11, 2023.

Governor Uzodinma and his Bayelsa counterpart, Diri, won their re-election battles as their mandates were renewed by the electorates in their respective states while Ododo was successful in his maiden contest for the Kogi governorship seat.

The Abia governor conveyed his hearty congratulations to the gubernatorial poll winners in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kazie Uko, noting the significance of the victories recorded by each of the winners.

Otti said it was gratifying that the Imo governorship poll was conducted in an atmosphere of peace, despite the initial uncertainties and doomsday predictions that dogged the campaigns.

He called on Uzodimma “to be magnanimous in victory and continue to work towards restoring lasting peace in Imo as he starts his  second term in office”.

As Chief executives of two neighbouring and brother states, Otti promised to work harmoniously with Uzodimma for the peace and economic development of the South East.

For the Bayelsa poll, Otti described it as “a hard fought contest”, adding that the outcome “is a vote of confidence on Governor Diri by the people” he had already served for four years.

He said he was happy that Diri had already extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents in his victory speech, and urged him “to maintain that meek and humble spirit that has continued to endear him to Bayelsans”.

Otti, who is the only governor on the platform of the Labour Party(LP), also congratulated the governorship candidate of the party in the Bayelsa poll, Udengs Eradiri for his courage.

He urged the LP candidate not to feel disappointed over the outcome, but should remain steadfast and build on the experiences he garnered from the electioneering and the polls.

While congratulating Ododo, who won in Kogi on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Otti noted that it was “a spectacular win” for the governor-elect being his first shot at governorship seat.

The Abia governor advised Ododo that after taking the oath of office, he should focus on delivering on his campaign promises to the people of Kogi State, who have reposed their confidence in him.

He further called on the Kogi governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by extending the olive branch to his opponents in the election, and then lauded the candidates of the other parties for conducting themselves peacefully during the poll.

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