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Aftermath Of Off-cycle Election : What Tinubu Discussed With Uzodimma, APC Leaders 

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From Joshua Chibuzo Andrew

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has advised governors elected on the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) to always put the interest of the people first and work for the good of their states.

This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

Speaking when he received the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; the returning Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma; and the Governor-Elect of Kogi State, Ahmed Usman Ododo, in Abuja, on Friday, the President expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the elections, which he described as free, fair, and peaceful.

He said: “You worked hard for this victory. I am very proud of you, but the real challenge has only started, and it will stare you in the face. That is the challenge of good governance. Make sure that everyone is carried along. You are now the servants of the people. To God be all the glory for the victories, and may God guide you.

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“Once the people of Nigeria and their concerns are the focal point of your plans and actions, not only will governance be easier for you, but you will enhance the value of your states and the masses of the people will have new opportunities to grow and enjoy a new standard of living. This must be your driving focus as governors, but especially as governors elected on the platform of our great party.

“Two out of three is not a bad way to start. We will focus not on winning the elections alone but on delivering for the people. They are sovereign, and when we achieve what we promise, voters will respect us. We will work with you at the sub-national levels, and we will uphold the strength and superior excellence that is symbolized by the eagle on our coat of arms.”

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“We lost the election in Bayelsa, and we have conceded in good faith. You directed that the elections should be free, fair, and peaceful, and it was so,” Ganduje said.

On behalf of the candidates who contested the elections, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, thanked the President for providing strong and purposeful leadership at the center, which enabled and energized their campaigns.

“We won because of the leadership you demonstrated. The country was struggling, but the economy has been responding to the reforms and rapid-response strategy you have put in place,” he said.

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