ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, issued certificates of return to the Enugu State Governor-elect, Peter Ndubuisi Mbah and his deputy, Ifeanyi Ossi.
Others who received certificate of return for the 2023 general elections are 24 members of the Enugu House of Assembly.
Voiceofnaija.ng had reported that Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner of the 18 March 2023 governorship election.
According to the results announced by the INEC, Mbah polled 160,895 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP), who scored 157,552 votes.
In his acceptance speech, the Governor-elect, Mbah said the certificate is not just an ordinary paper, but a legal document which contain a written act for the administration and good will of the State.
He assured that his government would focus on the interest and development of the state, and not on political games.
Mr. Mbah, who said that this is not the time for politics, noted that politics has ended.
He urged other elected members of the House of Assembly to join hands together and move the state forward.
He noted that since he was announced the Enugu State Governor-elect by the INEC, he has been mapping out plans on how to make State better.
He congratulated other elected members of the National Assembly, and urged the people of the state to join hand with him to build the State and take it to an enviable and desirable state, saying that he cannot do it alone.
“I am passionate to creating an environment that is conducive for peace and security to reign, based on accountability, transparency,” he promised.
Issuance of certificate of return, 2023 general election to Enugu Governor-elect, Peter Mbah, Deputy Governor-elect, Barrister Ifeanyi Ossi Enugu House of Assembly members.
On her part, the only female elected member of the State House of Assembly from the Labour Party, Obiajulu Princess Ugwu, told Voiceofnaija.ng she was happy to receive the certificate of return.
Ambassador Ugwu elected member for Enugu South Rural Constituency, said though the task is a hard and big, but “I was eager to represent the people. I look forward to engaging and involving all that I have to make sure that the blue print I have for my people will actually come to fruition.
“My people should know that I am their mandate and with our collective effort, we will make this work out. It is not just my thing, just the way they supported during the campaigning, we can achieve great together.”
Speaking also, the National Electoral Commissioner, for Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, Chief Ken Ukeagu, noted that it’s commission is independent and has conducted its election free and fair.
He said the BVAS ensured that the votes casted were counted recorded through which credible election was achieved in Nigeria.
He congratulated the Governor-elect, his deputy and the 24 elected members of the state House of Assembly.