THE Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Wednesday, pledged support for the Governor-elect of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo.
He also expressed gratitude to “known and unknown gunmen’’ for allowing the recently concluded Anambra State Governorship election to be held.
Ngige, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress while congratulating the Anambra State Governor-elect, Chukwuma Soludo and his party the All Progressives Grand Alliance, over their victory at the polls, promised to assist the new administration succeed.
Ngige said this in a congratulatory message to Soludo on Wednesday.
He said, “I want to also thank the Anambra electorate for coming out despite all the fears of violence, killings and kidnappings, weeks before the election.
“In commending them, I also thank the “known and unknown gunmen” for seeing reason with the elders that Ndi-Anambra be allowed to vote for the leader of their choice.
“Ndi-Anambra have spoken with this resounding victory. Having contested in 2010 with Soludo, who was then the PDP candidate and myself in ACN; an election in which I was ‘awarded’ the second position even though I won outright and Soludo third, I knew that with his tenacity of purpose and drive, he would one day make it to the seat of the Governor of Anambra State.
“It is a case of patience and endurance, an aspiration nurtured to serve the people with all his strength, I seriously believe. Ndi-Anambra I know, will hence, entertain no excuses.
“Much has been given; hence the expectation is very high. Knowing Soludo as I do, however, I have no doubt that our people have made an excellent choice by voting for him.”
The Minister commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), security agencies and all stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the polls.